[ chooz ]
/ tʃuz /
verb (used with object), chose; cho·sen or (Obsolete) chose; choos·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), chose; cho·sen or (Obsolete) chose; choos·ing.
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.
- 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.
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Idioms for choose
cannot choose but, cannot do otherwise than; is or are obliged to: He cannot choose but obey.
Origin of choose
before 1000; Middle English chosen, chēsen, Old English cēosan; cognate with Gothic kiusan, Old High German kiosan (German kiesen); akin to Greek geúesthai to enjoy, Latin gustāre to taste (see gusto)
synonym study for choose
1. Choose, select, pick, elect, prefer indicate a decision that one or more possibilities are to be regarded more highly than others. Choose suggests a decision on one of a number of possibilities because of its apparent superiority: to choose a course of action. Select suggests a choice made for fitness: to select the proper golf club. Pick, an informal word, suggests a selection on personal grounds: to pick a winner. The formal word elect suggests a kind of official action: to elect a representative. Prefer, also formal, emphasizes the desire or liking for one thing more than for another or others: to prefer coffee to tea.
OTHER WORDS FROM choose
choos·a·ble, adjectivechoos·er, nounpre·choose, verb (used with object), pre·chose, pre·cho·sen, pre·choos·ing.re·choose, verb, re·chose, re·cho·sen, re·choos·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for choose up
/ (tʃuːz) /
verb chooses, choosing, chose or chosen
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
Derived forms of choosechooser, noun
Word Origin for choose
Old English ceosan; related to Old Norse kjōsa, Old High German kiosan
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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.
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