choose
verb (chose; chosen; choosing) Etymology: Middle English chosen, from Old English cēosan; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose, Latin gustare to taste Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to select freely and after consideration <
choose a career
>
b. to decide on especially by vote ; elect <
chose her as captain
>
2. a. to have a preference for <
choose one car over another
>
b. decide <
chose to go by train
>
intransitive verb 1. to make a selection <
finding it hard to choose
>
2. to take an alternative — used after cannot and usually followed by but <
when earth is so kind, men cannot choose but be happy — J. A. Froude
>
chooser noun

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  • choose — W1S1 [tʃu:z] v past tense chose [tʃəuz US tʃouz] past participle chosen [ˈtʃəuzən US ˈtʃou ] [I and T] [: Old English; Origin: ceosan] 1.) to decide which one of a number of things or people you want →↑choice ▪ It took us ages to choose a new… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • choose — [ tʃuz ] (past tense chose [ tʃouz ] ; past participle chosen [ tʃouzn ] ) verb intransitive or transitive *** to decide which you want from a number of people or things: Do you feel that you chose the wrong career? choose from: There is a huge… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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 — Choose, v. i. 1. To make a selection; to decide. [1913 Webster] They had only to choose between implicit obedience and open rebellion. Prescott. [1913 Webster] 2. To do otherwise. Can I choose but smile? Pope. [1913 Webster] {Can not choose but} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • choose — [cho͞oz] vt. chose, chosen, choosing [ME chesen, cheosen < OE ceosan < IE base * ĝeus , to taste, relish > L gustare, Goth kausjan] 1. to pick out by preference from what is available; take as a choice; select [to choose a book at the… …   English World dictionary

  • choose — choose, select, elect, opt, pick, cull, prefer, single are comparable when they mean to fix upon one of a number of things as the one to be taken, accepted, or adopted or to make such a determination. Choose commonly implies both an act of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Choose — may refer to: Choice, the act of judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one of them for action Binomial coefficient, a mathematical function describing number of possible selections of subsets ( seven choose two ) Morra (game), a… …   Wikipedia

  • choose — (v.) O.E. ceosan choose, taste, try (class II strong verb; past tense ceas, pp. coren), from P.Gmc. *keusanan (Cf. O.Fris. kiasa, O.S. kiosan, Du. kiezen, O.H.G. kiosan, Ger. kiesen, O.N. kjosa, Goth. kiusan choose ), from PIE root …   Etymology dictionary

  • choose — choose; mis·choose; …   English syllables

  • choose — I verb act on one s own authority, adopt, appoint, be disposed to, be resolute, be so minded, co opt, commit oneself to a course, cull, decide, deligere, desire, determine, determine upon, discriminate, discriminate between, do of one s own… …   Law dictionary

  • choose — [v] pick, select accept, adopt, appoint, call for, cast, commit oneself, co opt, crave, cull, decide on, designate, desire, determine, discriminate between, draw lots, elect, embrace, espouse, excerpt, extract, fancy, favor, feel disposed to,… …   New thesaurus

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