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[chohz] /tʃoʊz/
simple past tense of choose.
Obsolete. past participle of choose.


[shohz] /ʃoʊz/
noun, Law.
a thing; an article of personal property.
1350-1400 for earlier senses; 1660-70 for current sense; Middle English < French < Latin causa case, thing. See cause


[chooz] /tʃuz/
verb (used with object), chose; chosen or (Obsolete) chose; choosing.
to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference:
She chose Sunday for her departure.
to prefer or decide (to do something):
He chose to run for election.
to want; desire:
I choose moving to the city.
(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.
to make a choice, or select from two or more possibilities:
Accepted by several colleges, the boy chose carefully.
to be inclined:
You may stay here, if you choose.
(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
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.
cannot choose but, cannot do otherwise than; is or are obliged to:
He cannot choose but obey.
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chose
  • Newspapers will sometimes use both in the same article as if editors chose not to choose.
  • At the time, each state chose electors who cast two votes for president.
  • But he chose to go his own way and concentrate on raspberries.
  • She chose the placement of every tile, dish and lamp.
  • Given a long stick and a stone too big to fit down the tube, they chose the stick without hesitation.
  • If the responder chose not to pull the tray closer within a minute, the offer was considered rejected, and the game concluded.
  • But instead of choosing between tax cuts, wars and social spending, they chose all three-and left the bill for future generations.
  • The region's freshly minted republics chose to develop their own ports.
  • Perhaps because it was close to his beloved mathematics, the specialist field he chose was financial economics.
  • Have students write pretend letters to the people who live near the volcano or in the earthquake zone they chose above.
British Dictionary definitions for chose


the past tense of choose


(law) an article of personal property
Word Origin
C17: from French: thing, from Latin causa cause, case, reason


verb chooses, choosing, chose, chosen
to select (a person, thing, course of action, etc) from a number of alternatives
(transitive; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to consider it desirable or proper: I don't choose to read that book
(intransitive) to like; please: you may stand if you choose
cannot choose but, to be obliged to: we cannot choose but vote for him
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 chose

past tense of choose (q.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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In addition to the idiom beginning with
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