Which book did you choose at the library?
An example of choose is to select a wedding dress from a rack of dresses.
To choose to remain.
To choose a book at the library.
Do as you choose.
I chose to walk to work today.
The number of distinct subsets of size k from a set of size n is or "n choose k".
Was used to doing as she chose.
- Can only do; cannot do otherwise:.We cannot choose but to observe the rules.
- Cannot do otherwise than.They cannot choose but accede to their host's demands.
- To select (sides), as for an impromptu ballgame, by making alternating choices from a group of available players.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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 Middle English chose, chos, chooce, from Middle English chosen (“to choose”). see above. Cognate with Scots chose (“choosing, choice, selection”).