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[chooz] /tʃuz/
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:
I choose moving to the city.
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, or select from two or more possibilities:
Accepted by several colleges, the boy 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,
  1. to select (players) for a contest or game:
    The kids chose up sides for the game.
  2. 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
1000
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)
Related forms
choosable, adjective
chooser, noun
prechoose, verb (used with object), prechose, prechosen, prechoosing.
rechoose, verb, rechose, rechosen, rechoosing.
unchoosable, adjective
Can be confused
chews, choose.
Synonym Study
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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Examples from the web for chooses
  • Whether you choose where to live or it chooses you, every place has a story to tell.
  • It's the big themes that interest him, and he organizes his days and chooses his staff in line with his long-standing priorities.
  • Talk to your cleaner about whether he chooses natural and eco-friendly alternatives and what they entail.
  • After each group chooses their shipwreck, direct them to apply each criterion to the wreck.
  • If she chooses to remain on the retreating ice temporarily, she can continue hunting seals longer.
  • If a bride chooses to be married in traveling dress, she has no bridesmaids, though she often has a maid of honor.
  • He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties.
  • Under a free government the citizen makes his own laws, chooses his own administrators, which do represent him.
  • He chose his subjects as a sage chooses his conversation, decently.
  • He chooses his characters because they embody concretely and so exemplify the conception he has formed of a significant situation.
British Dictionary definitions for chooses

choose

/tʃuːz/
verb chooses, choosing, chose, chosen
1.
to select (a person, thing, course of action, etc) from a number of alternatives
2.
(transitive; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to consider it desirable or proper: I don't choose to read that book
3.
(intransitive) 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
Derived Forms
chooser, noun
Word Origin
Old English ceosan; related to Old Norse kjōsa, Old High German kiosan
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Word Origin and History for chooses

choose

v.

Old English ceosan "choose, seek out, select; decide, test, taste, try; accept, approve" (class II strong verb; past tense ceas, past participle coren), from Proto-Germanic *keus- (cf. Old Frisian kiasa, Old Saxon kiosan, Dutch kiezen, Old High German kiosan, German kiesen, Old Norse kjosa, Gothic kiusan "choose," Gothic kausjan "to taste, test"), from PIE root *geus- "to taste, relish" (see gusto). Only remotely related to choice. Variant spelling chuse is Middle English, very frequent 16c.-18c. The irregular past participle leveled out to chosen by 1200.

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Idioms and Phrases with chooses

choose

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choose
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