before 1000; Middle English chosen, chēsen, Old English cēosan;
cognate with Gothic kiusan, Old High German kiosan
); akin to Greek geúesthai
to enjoy, Latin gustāre
to taste (see gusto
choosable, adjectivechooser, nounprechoose, verb (used with object), prechose, prechosen, prechoosing.rechoose, verb, rechose, rechosen, rechoosing.unchoosable, adjective
Can be confused
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.