Definitions for: Choose


[v] pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
[v] select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative; "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the East coast"
[v] see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way; "She chose not to attend classes and now she failed the exam"



Webster (1913) Definition: Choose, v. t. [imp. Chose; p. p. Chosen, Chose
(Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Choosing.] [OE. chesen, cheosen,
AS. ce['o]san; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen,
Icel. kj[=o]sa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare to taste, Gr. ?,
Skr. jush to enjoy. [root]46. Cf. Choice, 2d Gust.]
1. To make choice of; to select; to take by way of preference
from two or more objects offered; to elect; as, to choose
the least of two evils.

Choose me for a humble friend. --Pope.

2. To wish; to desire; to prefer. [Colloq.]

The landlady now returned to know if we did not
choose a more genteel apartment. --Goldsmith.

To choose sides. See under Side.

Syn: Syn. - To select; prefer; elect; adopt; follow.

Usage: To Choose, Prefer, Elect. To choose is the
generic term, and denotes to take or fix upon by an
act of the will, especially in accordance with a
decision of the judgment. To prefer is to choose or
favor one thing as compared with, and more desirable
than, another, or more in accordance with one's tastes
and feelings. To elect is to choose or select for some
office, employment, use, privilege, etc., especially
by the concurrent vote or voice of a sufficient number
of electors. To choose a profession; to prefer private
life to a public one; to elect members of Congress.


Choose, v. i.
1. To make a selection; to decide.

They had only to choose between implicit obedience
and open rebellion. --Prescott.

2. To do otherwise. ``Can I choose but smile?'' --Pope.

Can not choose but, must necessarily.

Thou canst not choose but know who I am. --Shak.

Synonyms: opt, pick out, prefer, select, take

See Also: adopt, assign, center out, cop out, cream off, cull out, decide, determine, dial, draw, elect, empanel, espouse, excerpt, extract, fix, follow, go, go with, impanel, judge, limit, make up one's mind, nominate, opt out, panel, pick, pick over, plump, propose, screen, screen out, set, set apart, side, sieve, sieve out, sift, single out, skim off, sort, specify, take out, think of, vote, vote in

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