- 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 choosesappoint, elect, name, want, cast, adopt, prefer, accept, favor, embrace, take, determine, judge, love, designate, sort, desire, predestine, tap, separate
Examples from the Web for chooses
Contemporary Examples of chooses
His first language was Russian, then he learned Swedish, but chooses to perform in monosyllabic broken English.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
When he chooses to cap a climactic chase seen with yet another baffling fall, we feel cheated.Tim Winton's Beautiful, Baffling 'Eyrie'
August 18, 2014
Normally, she says, she chooses whatever is most comfortable for her.Disabled Woman Tackles the Dating Site Trolls
August 1, 2014
But there has always been and there will always be a segment of society that chooses or is indoctrinated to ignore these rules.You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot
July 7, 2014
Without much of a pause, Lewis chooses to drop the charges against this man.Private Prisons Rule With Little Oversight on America’s Border
June 20, 2014
Historical Examples of chooses
Anyone else can demonstrate it who chooses to make the experiment.The Conquest of Fear
Milly's at home again; let Ned return to her, if he chooses.The Bacillus of Beauty
You wouldn't have him give information about me to any man who chooses to ask for it?The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Very well, then, I will buy it for whatever he chooses to ask!Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
He chooses tools to assist, not strong individualities to oppose, him.The Hunted Outlaw
- 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.