choose

[chooz]
verb (used with object), chose; chosen or (Obsolete) chose; choosing.
1.
to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference: She chose Sunday for her departure.
2.
to prefer or decide (to do something): He chose to run for election.
3.
to want; desire.
4.
(especially in children's games) to contend with (an opponent) to decide, as by odd or even, who will do something: I'll choose you to see who gets to bat first.
verb (used without object), chose; chosen or (Obsolete) chose; choosing.
5.
to make a choice: He chose carefully.
6.
to be inclined: You may stay here, if you choose.
7.
(especially in children's games) to decide, as by means of odd or even, who will do something: Let's choose to see who bats first.
Verb phrases
8.
choose up,
a.
to select (players) for a contest or game: The boys chose up sides for the game.
b.
to select players for a contest or game: We have to choose up before we can play.
Idioms
9.
cannot choose but, cannot do otherwise than; is or are obliged to: He cannot choose but obey.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English chosen, chēsen, Old English cēosan; cognate with Gothic kiusan, Old High German kiosan (German kiesen); akin to Greek geúesthai to enjoy, Latin gustāre to taste (see gusto)

choosable, adjective
chooser, noun
prechoose, verb (used with object), prechose, prechosen, prechoosing.
rechoose, verb, rechose, rechosen, rechoosing.
unchoosable, adjective

chews, choose.


1. reject.


1. Choose, select, pick, elect, prefer indicate a decision that one or more possibilities are to be regarded more highly than others. Choose suggests a decision on one of a number of possibilities because of its apparent superiority: to choose a course of action. Select suggests a choice made for fitness: to select the proper golf club. Pick, an informal word, suggests a selection on personal grounds: to pick a winner. The formal word elect suggests a kind of official action: to elect a representative. Prefer, also formal, emphasizes the desire or liking for one thing more than for another or others: to prefer coffee to tea.
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choose (tʃuːz)
 
vb , chooses, choosing, chose, chosen
1.  to select (a person, thing, course of action, etc) from a number of alternatives
2.  (tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to consider it desirable or proper: I don't choose to read that book
3.  (intr) to like; please: you may stand if you choose
4.  cannot choose but to be obliged to: we cannot choose but vote for him
5.  nothing to choose between, little to choose between (of two people or objects) almost equal
 
[Old English ceosan; related to Old Norse kjōsa, Old High German kiosan]
 
'chooser
 
n

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Word Origin & History

choose
O.E. ceosan "choose, taste, try" (class II strong verb; past tense ceas, pp. coren), from P.Gmc. *keusanan, from PIE base *geus- "to taste, relish" (see gusto). Variant spelling chuse is M.E., very frequent 16c.-18c. Only remotely related to choice. The irregular pp. leveled out to chosen by 1200.
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Idioms & Phrases

choose

In addition to the idiom beginning with choose, also see beggars can't be choosers; pick and choose. Also see under choice.

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Example sentences
How they choose to do it is less interesting, in the end, than why they were
  driven to do it in the first place.
The narrator tells him they don't name their pumpkins, and tells him to choose
  a bigger one.
There's not much to choose from on the menu, but plenty of information.
And it is bad news that he felt pushed by the constant threat of prison at home
  to choose between silence and exile.
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