choice

choice1 [ tʃɔıs ] noun ***
1. ) singular or uncount the opportunity or right to choose between different things:
Our aim is to provide greater choice for consumers.
have a/the choice: These people have the choice of whether to buy a house or rent one.
freedom of choice: Freedom of choice is very important to many people.
exercise choice (=choose): I think parents should be able to exercise some choice over what their children see on the Internet.
give someone the choice: If you were given the choice, would you prefer a cat or a dog?
choice between: Students have a choice between studying French or German.
personal/parental/consumer choice: The policy will limit parental choice rather than increase it.
a ) have no choice/have little choice if you have no choice or little choice, you have to do something:
I had no choice other than to accept what he said.
Many mothers have little choice but to work.
b ) leave someone (with) no choice to make someone feel that they must do something:
I was left with no choice but to report him.
2. ) count a decision to choose someone or something:
make a choice: He wants people to make their own choices.
choice of: Our childhood experiences can influence our choice of career.
choice between: He was facing a difficult choice between staying with his family or working abroad.
an informed choice (=a decision based on good information): The leaflet will enable you to make an informed choice about whether to go ahead with surgery.
a stark choice (=an unpleasant choice that you cannot avoid): Many poorer people are facing a stark choice between buying food or heating their homes.
a ) it's your choice/the choice is yours used for saying that you disagree with what someone else has decided:
It sounds completely crazy to me, but it's your choice.
b ) through no choice of someone's own used for saying that what has happened to someone was not decided or chosen by them
3. ) count a range of things that you can choose from:
choice of: The hotel has a well-run restaurant offering a good choice of dishes.
a wide choice: New York has a wide choice of plays and movies.
a ) one of the things you can choose from:
There are three choices of dessert on the menu.
4. ) count someone or something that you choose:
choice of: The top of a mountain was an unusual choice of location for a wedding.
an obvious/natural choice: Pitcher, now 56, was not an obvious choice for the job.
a good/popular/excellent choice: Disney World is a popular choice for a family vacation.
someone's first/second/number one etc. choice: I think Yale University would be my first choice.
a career/vacation choice: Parents are often crucial in determining their child's career choice.
the preferred choice: The polls indicate that Owen is the preferred choice among middle-income voters.
a ) of your choice something of your choice is the thing that you choose when you do not have any limits:
Winners will have the chance to dine out at a restaurant of their choice.
by choice
if you do something by choice, you do it because you want to and not because you have to:
She repeated that she was very comfortable and lived here by choice.
the something of choice
the thing that most people prefer to use in a particular situation:
Penicillin remains the drug of choice in treating this disease.
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choice
choice 2 [ tʃɔıs ] adjective
1. ) only before noun FORMAL of very high quality:
We select only the choicest ingredients.
2. ) choice language is very effective and often angry or rude:
choice words: With a few choice words he had destroyed all her confidence.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Choice — (chois), n. [OE. chois, OF. chois, F. choix, fr. choisir to choose; of German origin; cf. Goth. kausjan to examine, kiusan to choose, examine, G. kiesen. [root]46. Cf. {Choose}.] 1. Act of choosing; the voluntary act of selecting or separating… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • choice — (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. chois (12c., Mod.Fr. choix), from verb choisir to choose, from a Germanic source (Cf. Gothic kausjan to taste, test ), from P.Gmc. base *kaus , *keus , from PIE root *geus to taste, choose (see GUSTO (Cf. gusto)). Replaced …   Etymology dictionary

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