To choose sides
Choose Choose, v. t. [imp. {Chose}; p. p. {Chosen}, {Chose} (Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Choosing}.] [OE. chesen, cheosen, AS. ce['o]san; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen, Icel. kj[=o]sa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare to taste, Gr. ?, Skr. jush to enjoy. [root]46. Cf. {Choice}, 2d {Gust}.] 1. To make choice of; to select; to take by way of preference from two or more objects offered; to elect; as, to choose the least of two evils. [1913 Webster]

Choose me for a humble friend. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To wish; to desire; to prefer. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The landlady now returned to know if we did not choose a more genteel apartment. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

{To choose sides}. See under {Side}.

Syn: Syn. - To select; prefer; elect; adopt; follow.

Usage: To {Choose}, {Prefer}, {Elect}. To choose is the generic term, and denotes to take or fix upon by an act of the will, especially in accordance with a decision of the judgment. To prefer is to choose or favor one thing as compared with, and more desirable than, another, or more in accordance with one's tastes and feelings. To elect is to choose or select for some office, employment, use, privilege, etc., especially by the concurrent vote or voice of a sufficient number of electors. To choose a profession; to prefer private life to a public one; to elect members of Congress. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To choose sides — Side Side (s[imac]d), n. [AS. s[=i]de; akin to D. zijde, G. seite, OHG. s[=i]ta, Icel. s[=i]?a, Dan. side, Sw. sida; cf. AS. s[=i]d large, spacious, Icel. s[=i]?r long, hanging.] 1. The margin, edge, verge, or border of a surface; especially… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take sides — Side Side (s[imac]d), n. [AS. s[=i]de; akin to D. zijde, G. seite, OHG. s[=i]ta, Icel. s[=i]?a, Dan. side, Sw. sida; cf. AS. s[=i]d large, spacious, Icel. s[=i]?r long, hanging.] 1. The margin, edge, verge, or border of a surface; especially… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • choose sides — To pick teams • • • Main Entry: ↑side * * * choose sides : to divide a group into two teams that will play against each other When we chose sides in gym class, I was always the last person to be picked to be on a team. often used figuratively… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Choose — Choose, v. t. [imp. {Chose}; p. p. {Chosen}, {Chose} (Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Choosing}.] [OE. chesen, cheosen, AS. ce[ o]san; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen, Icel. kj[=o]sa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare to taste, Gr. ?, Skr. jush to enjoy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • choose — choosable, adj. chooser, n. /choohz/, v., chose; chosen or (Obs.) chose; choosing. v.t. 1. to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference: She chose Sunday for her departure. 2. to prefer or decide (to do something): He chose to run …   Universalium

  • choose up — verb form sides, as for a game (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑form, ↑organize, ↑organise • Verb Frames: Somebody s something * * * verb …   Useful english dictionary

  • choose up — verb Date: 1850 transitive verb to form (sides) especially for a game by having opposing captains choose their players intransitive verb to form sides for a game < let s choose up and play ball > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To join issue — Issue Is sue ([i^]sh [ u]), n. [OF. issue, eissue, F. issue, fr. OF. issir, eissir, to go out, L. exire; ex out of, from + ire to go, akin to Gr. ie nai, Skr. i, Goth. iddja went, used as prefect of gaggan to go. Cf. {Ambition}, {Count} a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take issue — Issue Is sue ([i^]sh [ u]), n. [OF. issue, eissue, F. issue, fr. OF. issir, eissir, to go out, L. exire; ex out of, from + ire to go, akin to Gr. ie nai, Skr. i, Goth. iddja went, used as prefect of gaggan to go. Cf. {Ambition}, {Count} a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Choose Up Sides — Format Children s Game/Stunt Show Presented by Bob Kennedy (CBS) Gene Rayburn (NBC) Narrated by Bob Pfeiffer (CBS) Don Pardo (NBC) Country of origin …   Wikipedia

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