What does choose mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. choose, take, select, pick outverb

    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"

  2. choose, prefer, optverb

    select as an alternative over another

    "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the East coast"

  3. chooseverb

    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"


  1. chooseverb

    To elect.

    He was chosen as president in 1990

  2. chooseverb

    To pick.

    I chose a nice, ripe apple from the bowl.

  3. chooseverb

    To decide to act in a certain way.

    I chose to walk to work today.

  4. chooseconjunction

    The binomial coefficient of the previous and following number.

    The number of distinct subsets of size k from a set of size n is uE00024529uE001 or "n choose k".

  5. Etymology: From chosen, chesen, from ceosan, from keusanan, from ǵews-. Cognate with chose, chese, kese, kieze, Dutch kiezen, kiesen, kyse, Norwegian kjose, tjusa, Icelandic kjósa, Gothic 033A0339033F03430330033D, gusto.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CHOOSEverb

    I chose, I have chosen or chose.

    Etymology: choisir, Fr. ceosan , Sax. kicsen, Germ.

    Did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest. 1 Sam. ii. 28.

    I may neither choose whom I would, nor refuse whom I dislike. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    If he should offer to choose, and choose the right casket, you should refuse to perform your father’s will, if you should refuse to accept him. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Let us choose to us judgment; let us know among ourselves what is good. Job, xxxiv. 4.

    The will has still so much freedom left as to enable it to choose any act in its kind good; as also to refuse any act in its kind evil. Robert South, Sermons.

    Choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. 1 Sa. xvii. 8.

    How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him? Job, ix. 14.

  2. To Chooseverb

    To have the power of choice between different things. It is generally joined with a negative, and signifies must necessarily be.

    Without the influence of the Deity supporting things, their utter annihilation could not choose but follow. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Knaves abroad,
    Who having by their own importunate suit,
    Convinced or supplied them, they cannot choose
    But they must blab. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    When a favourite shall be raised upon the foundation of merit, then can he not choose but prosper. Francis Bacon, Adv. to Vill.

    Threw down a golden apple in her way;
    For all her haste, she could not choose but stay. Dryden.

    Those who are persuaded that they shall continue for ever, cannot choose but aspire after a happiness commensurate to their duration. John Tillotson.


  1. choose

    Choose is a verb that means to select or pick from a variety of options or possibilities. It involves making a decision or determining a preference among available alternatives. When someone chooses something, they actively make a deliberate or voluntary selection based on personal preference, judgment, or a specific criteria.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chooseverb

    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

  2. Chooseverb

    to wish; to desire; to prefer

  3. Chooseverb

    to make a selection; to decide

  4. Chooseverb

    to do otherwise

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Choose

    chōōz, v.t. to take one thing in preference to another: to select.—v.i. to will or determine: to think fit:—pa.t. chōse; pa.p. chōs′en.—ns. Choos′er (Shak.), one who chooses; Choos′ing, choice: selection.—Cannot choose, can have no alternative.—Not much to choose between, each about equally bad.—Pick and choose, to select with care. [A.S. céosan, Dut. kiesen.]

Editors Contribution

  1. choose

    To do or have what we know is possible in order of priority

    They choose unity, love, understanding and marriage.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'choose' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1578

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'choose' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1378

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'choose' in Verbs Frequency: #136

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of choose in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of choose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of choose in a Sentence

  1. Deshawn Yeldell:

    It’s not that a person is afraid of you, it’s just that; they know what they’re capable of doing to you, so they choose not to lose their freedom and everything they have worked hard for in life.... up until you really piss’em off.

  2. Jane Austen:

    Everybody likes to go their own way - to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

  3. Charlamagne Tha God:

    It's just about being intentional, like actually being intentional with the voices that we choose to put on various platforms and just being intentional about empowering the voices that need to be heard, shut up, get out of the way and let Black women lead and that I truly believe they'll take us to the promised land.

  4. Pinkett Smith:

    The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose and now I think that it's our responsibility, now, to make the change, maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities and our programs and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called 'mainstream' ones.

  5. Barack Obama:

    So when the fate of our democracy and a woman's right to choose are on the line, I know John will fight for Pennsylvanians.

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