verb (used with object), chose; cho·sen or (Obsolete) chose; choos·ing.
verb (used without object), chose; cho·sen or (Obsolete) chose; choos·ing.
- 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.
Origin of choose
Examples from the Web for choose
House rules require an absolute majority of members voting to choose a speaker.
But, Hamlawa says, she choose to stay on the front lines instead, “I stayed with my other daughters.”
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?|Jonah Edelman|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each of us believes what we choose to believe, and facts have become bricks to shore up the fortress of our own biases.
It helps that the circus is like a family—only one that can choose its members.
I will give you what I have written, and if you choose to read it and do not like it, you can throw it into the fire.The House of Martha|Frank R. Stockton
I submit that, from Mill's point of view, these are all valid reasons why they should not choose the higher life.
So we can-not do the will of both, and must choose which one we will serve.Young Folks' Bible in Words of Easy Reading|Josephine Pollard
Now choose which road you will, Son of Matiwane, and choose swiftly, for I speak no more of this matter.'Child of Storm|H. Rider Haggard
Choose a plain color for the body of the rug, and a short distance from each end weave several stripes of a contrasting color.Hand-Loom Weaving|Mattie Phipps Todd
verb chooses, choosing, chose or chosen
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.