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
British Dictionary definitions for choose up
verb chooses, choosing, chose or chosen
Word Origin for choose
Word Origin and History for choose up
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.
Idioms and Phrases with choose up (1 of 2)
Select players and form sides for a game or team, as in Jean was always afraid she'd be last when it was time to choose up. [First half of 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with choose up (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with choose
- choose up
- beggars can't be choosers
- pick and choose
Also see underchoice.