- a thing; an article of personal property.
Origin of chose2
- 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 choseappoint, elect, name, want, cast, adopt, prefer, accept, favor, embrace, take, determine, judge, love, designate, sort, desire, predestine, tap, separate
Examples from the Web for chose
Contemporary Examples of chose
Because I was president I had to do the write-up for the event and they chose that picture.
Jones helped her chose her first one, and she quickly learned to play.A First Lady of Punk Rock Talks
December 9, 2014
Cheval was born in 1836 in Charmes, France, and he chose to serve his small community as a postman.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
Yes, and I chose their song “Shake Some Action,” which was released in 1976.
He spoke to us from his home in Oakland about which songs he chose and why.
Historical Examples of chose
Was the gentleman” (he chose that word as he looked at the boys) “layman or clerk?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Andy chose the careful insult which he would throw in Buck's face.Way of the Lawless
For Saffy, she was a thing of smiles and of tears just as they chose to come.Weighed and Wanting
For the present they answered that they chose to remain neutral.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
She chose one Lujan, who had written his name on the Rock on the way to K'iakime.The Trail Book
- the past tense of choose
- law an article of personal property
Word Origin for chose
- 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
past tense of choose (q.v.).
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.