(third-person singular simple present chooses, present participle choosing, simple past chose, past participle chosen)
- To pick; to make the choice of; to select.
- I chose a nice ripe apple from the fruit bowl.
- To elect.
- He was chosen as president in 1990
- To decide to act in a certain way.
- I chose to walk to work today.
- To wish; to desire; to prefer.
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”).