verb \ˈchüz\

: to decide that a particular person or thing is the one that you want

: to make a choice about what to do

chose \ˈchōz\ cho·sen \ˈchō-zən\ choos·ing \ˈchü-ziŋ\

Full Definition of CHOOSE

transitive verb
a :  to select freely and after consideration <choose a career>
b :  to decide on especially by vote :  elect <chose her as captain>
a :  to have a preference for <choose one car over another>
b :  decide <chose to go by train>
intransitive verb
:  to make a selection <finding it hard to choose>
:  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>
choos·er \ˈchü-zər\ noun

Examples of CHOOSE

  1. Each year thousands of college students choose volunteer-service trips over beach bumming during their spring breaks and summer vacations. —Edward M. Kennedy, Time, 22 Sept. 2008

Origin of CHOOSE

Middle English chosen, from Old English cēosan; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose, Latin gustare to taste
First Known Use: before 12th century
CHOOSE Defined for Kids


verb \ˈchüz\
chose \ˈchōz\cho·sen \ˈchō-zən\choos·ing

Definition of CHOOSE for Kids

:  to select freely and after careful thought <choose a leader>
:  to decide what to do <We chose to leave.>
:  to see fit <Do as you choose.>

Synonym Discussion of CHOOSE

choose, elect, and select mean to decide upon one possibility from among several. choose is used for making a decision after careful thought. <She chose to follow the right course.> elect may be used for the deliberate picking of one thing over another. <Voters elect one candidate for president.> select is used when there are many things from which to choose. <Customers may select from a variety of goods.>


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