[choh-zuh n]


a past participle of choose.


selected from several; preferred: my chosen profession.
Theology. elect(def 9).


Related formscho·sen·ness, nounun·cho·sen, adjective




Japanese name of Korea.



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.

Verb Phrases

choose up,
  1. to select (players) for a contest or game: The kids chose up sides for the game.
  2. to select players for a contest or game: We have to choose up before we can play.

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)
Related formschoos·a·ble, adjectivechoos·er, nounpre·choose, verb (used with object), pre·chose, pre·cho·sen, pre·choos··choose, verb, re·chose, re·cho·sen, re·choos·ing.un·choos·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedchews choose

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chosen

Contemporary Examples of chosen

Historical Examples of chosen

  • It was terrible to be chosen in this way to be the arbiter of Destiny.


    William J. Locke

  • After all she was about to begin the work she herself had chosen.

  • "Because we have chosen what is bad, and do not know how ugly it is—that is why," answered her father.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • But she bore trouble in her own bosom, and could find no peace in this chosen land.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Surely, so far, the things for which both he and I were chosen were parallel.

British Dictionary definitions for chosen



the past participle of choose


selected or picked out, esp for some special quality



the official name for Korea when it was a Japanese province (1910–45)


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 Formschooser, noun

Word Origin for choose

Old English ceosan; related to Old Norse kjōsa, Old High German kiosan
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Word Origin and History for chosen

"the elect, the select," especially those selected by God, c.1200, from past participle of choose (v.). Chosen people for "the Jews" is recorded from 1530s.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with chosen


In addition to the idiom beginning with choose

  • choose up

also see:

  • beggars can't be choosers
  • pick and choose

Also see underchoice.

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