- The definition of choose means to pick from a number of options.
An example of choose is to select a wedding dress from a rack of dresses.
Which dress will she choose?
transitive verbchose, chosen, choosing
- to pick out by preference from what is available; take as a choice; select: to choose a book at the library
- to decide or prefer: with an infinitive object: to choose to remain
Origin of chooseMiddle English chesen, cheosen ; from Old English ceosan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝeus-, to taste, relish from source Classical Latin gustare, Gothic kausjan
- to make one's selection
- to have the desire or wish; please: do as you choose
cannot choose but
verbchose chose , cho·sen , choos·ing, choos·es
- To select from a number of possible alternatives; decide on and pick out: Which book did you choose at the library?
- a. To prefer above others: chooses the supermarket over the neighborhood grocery store.b. To determine or decide: chose to fly rather than drive.
Origin of chooseMiddle English chesen, from Old English cēosan; see geus- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present chooses, present participle choosing, simple past chose, past participle chosen)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
- (mathematics) The binomial coefficient of the previous and following number.
- The number of distinct subsets of size k from a set of size n is or "n choose k".
From Middle English chosen, chesen, from Old English ċēosan (“to choose, seek out, select, elect, decide, test, accept, settle for, approve”), from Proto-Germanic *keusaną (“to taste, choose”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- (“to taste, choose, enjoy”). Cognate with Scots chose, chese (“to choose”), French choisir (“to choose”), North Frisian kese (“to choose”), West Frisian kieze (“to choose”), Dutch kiezen (“to choose”), Low German kesen (“to choose”), German kiesen (“to choose”), Danish kyse (“to choose”), Norwegian kjose (“to choose”), Swedish tjusa (“to charm, allure”), Icelandic kjósa (“to choose, vote, elect”), Gothic (kiusan, “to test”), Latin gustō (“taste, sample”, verb).
From Middle English chose, chos, chooce, from Middle English chosen (“to choose”). see above. Cognate with Scots chose (“choosing, choice, selection”).