Choose meaning

cho͝oz
To select from a number of possible alternatives; decide on and pick out.

Which book did you choose at the library?

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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.

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To decide or prefer.

To choose to remain.

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To make one's selection.
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(dialectal or obsolete) The power, right, or privilege of choosing; election.
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To elect.

He was chosen as president in 1990

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To pick out by preference from what is available; take as a choice; select.

To choose a book at the library.

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To have the desire or wish; please.

Do as you choose.

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To pick; to make the choice of; to select.

I chose a nice ripe apple from the fruit bowl.

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To decide to act in a certain way.

I chose to walk to work today.

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To wish; to desire; to prefer.
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(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".

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(dialectal or obsolete) The act of choosing; selection.
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(dialectal or obsolete) Scope for choice.
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To make a choice; make a selection.

Was used to doing as she chose.

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cannot choose but
  • Can only do; cannot do otherwise:.
    We cannot choose but to observe the rules.
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cannot choose but
  • Cannot do otherwise than.
    They cannot choose but accede to their host's demands.
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choose up
  • To select (sides), as for an impromptu ballgame, by making alternating choices from a group of available players.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

cannot choose but
cannot choose but

Origin of choose

  • Middle English chesen from Old English cēosan geus- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From Middle English chose, chos, chooce, from Middle English chosen (“to choose”). see above. Cognate with Scots chose (“choosing, choice, selection”).

    From Wiktionary