- to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference: She chose Sunday for her departure.
- to prefer or decide (to do something): He chose to run for election.
- to want; desire: I choose moving to the city.
- (especially in children's games) to contend with (an opponent) to decide, as by odd or even, who will do something: I'll choose you to see who gets to bat first.
- to make a choice, or select from two or more possibilities: Accepted by several colleges, the boy chose carefully.
- to be inclined: You may stay here, if you choose.
- (especially in children's games) to decide, as by means of odd or even, who will do something: Let's choose to see who bats first.
- choose up,
- to select (players) for a contest or game: The kids chose up sides for the game.
- to select players for a contest or game: We have to choose up before we can play.
- cannot choose but, cannot do otherwise than; is or are obliged to: He cannot choose but obey.
Origin of choose
Related Words for chooseappoint, elect, name, want, cast, adopt, prefer, accept, favor, embrace, take, determine, judge, love, designate, sort, desire, predestine, tap, separate
Examples from the Web for choose
Contemporary Examples of choose
House rules require an absolute majority of members voting to choose a speaker.Kamikaze Congress Prepares to Strike Boehner
January 6, 2015
That gays (and other liberals) should choose Canadian oil because Canada “has no laws prohibiting LGBT lifestyle.”How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
But, Hamlawa says, she choose to stay on the front lines instead, “I stayed with my other daughters.”Embedding With the Women Who Are Kicking ISIS Ass
December 15, 2014
He was accepted at both, and told me over lunch last January that he planned to choose between them.Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply?
December 9, 2014
Each of us believes what we choose to believe, and facts have become bricks to shore up the fortress of our own biases.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
Historical Examples of choose
They will choose competent and faithful representatives for every department.
If there were people in the building they did not choose to show a light.Way of the Lawless
The girls can talk quietly and confidentially, if they choose.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
What instinct made you choose that shade of pale green for your frock?Viviette
William J. Locke
But death will I choose, in any shape, rather than that man.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- to select (a person, thing, course of action, etc) from a number of alternatives
- (tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to consider it desirable or properI don't choose to read that book
- (intr) to like; pleaseyou may stand if you choose
- cannot choose but to be obliged towe cannot choose but vote for him
- nothing to choose between or little to choose between (of two people or objects) almost equal
Word Origin for choose
Old English ceosan "choose, seek out, select; decide, test, taste, try; accept, approve" (class II strong verb; past tense ceas, past participle coren), from Proto-Germanic *keus- (cf. Old Frisian kiasa, Old Saxon kiosan, Dutch kiezen, Old High German kiosan, German kiesen, Old Norse kjosa, Gothic kiusan "choose," Gothic kausjan "to taste, test"), from PIE root *geus- "to taste, relish" (see gusto). Only remotely related to choice. Variant spelling chuse is Middle English, very frequent 16c.-18c. The irregular past participle leveled out to chosen by 1200.
In addition to the idiom beginning with choose
- choose up
- beggars can't be choosers
- pick and choose
Also see underchoice.