- 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
Examples from the Web for choosing
Contemporary Examples of choosing
That means that fewer and fewer everyday Americans are choosing to contribute to campaigns.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
For a few days, in any case, many are choosing to believe in Christmas.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
Choosing to strike while the iron was hot, Future announced his followup to Pluto, Future Hendrix, right away.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
Choosing not to pursue a perpetrator is not admittance of lies or false motives.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
But on Monday Portman said that he would not run for president, choosing to seek reelection in Ohio.Is Gay Marriage Going Away in 2016?
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of choosing
Beauty must be the first law of life to the sex that has not the privilege of choosing.The Bacillus of Beauty
He was a gentle soul, and she had always been able to guide him in paths of her own choosing.Meadow Grass
She gave him no answer; it, was as if she were choosing words.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Choosing among them, he presently found a sapling to his liking.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
God says, 'Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil, and choosing the good.'Salted With Fire
- 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.