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 range of vacations to choose from.
choose between: She is forced to choose between her husband and her parents.
choose which/where/whether etc.: How do you choose which car you are going to buy?
I like this job because I can choose when and where I do the work.
choose someone/something as something: Atlanta was chosen as the site for the 1996 Olympic Games.
choose someone/something for something: Surely he wasn't just chosen for his good looks?
choose someone/something out of someone/something: The winner was chosen out of thousands who sent in photos.
a. to decide to do something:
choose to do something: More and more people are choosing to live alone.
choose to ignore: Hilary chose to ignore the doctor's warning.
if someone so chooses: Why shouldn't they be allowed to come and live here if they so choose?
choose your words (carefully)
to think carefully about what you are saying:
I'm sure the detectives did the best job they could, he said, choosing his words carefully.
there is nothing/little to choose between
used to say that there is very little or no difference between two people or things:
There is little to choose between the different methods except for their cost.
a woman's right to choose
used for saying that pregnant women should be legally allowed to decide whether to have the baby or have an ABORTION
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Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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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 — 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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