choose

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 carpet.
A panel of six judges will choose the winner.
He chose his words carefully as he spoke.
I don't mind which one we have - you choose.
choose between
For pudding we could choose between strawberry ice cream and apple tart.
choose from
You can choose from a wide range of vehicles.
choose to do sth
I chose to learn German rather than French.
choose sb/sth to do sth
They chose Donald to be their leader.
choose sb/sth as sth
The company has chosen London as its base.
choose sb/sth for sth
Why did you choose me for the job?
2.) to decide to do something because that is what you prefer to do
choose to do sth
I chose to ignore his advice.
You can, if you choose, invest your money in the stock market.
3.) there is little/nothing to choose between sth
used when you think that two or more things are equally good and you cannot decide which is better
There was little to choose between the two candidates.
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WORD FOCUS: choose
similar words: select, pick, appoint, nominate, go for, plump for, opt for
See also: choice1 , selection, preference
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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 Me — theatrical poster Directed by Alan Rudolph Produced by …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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