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Meaning of choose by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Middle English chosen, chesen, from Old English ċēosan ( “to choose, seek out, select, elect, decide, test, accept, settle for, approve” ), from Proto-Germanic *keusanan ( “to taste, choose” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- ( “to taste, choose, enjoy” ). Cognate with Scots chose, chese ( “to choose” ), North Frisian kese ( “to choose” ), West Frisian kieze ( “to choose” ), Dutch kiezen ( “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”, v ) .


    • enPR: cho͞oz, IPA: /tʃuːz/, X-SAMPA: /tSu:z/
    • Rhymes: -uːz
    • Homophone: chews


    choose ( third-person singular simple present chooses present participle choosing, simple past chose, past participle chosen )

    1. To elect .
      He was chosen as president in 1990
    2. To pick .
      I chose a nice, ripe apple from the bowl .
    3. To decide to act in a certain way .
      I chose to walk to work today .

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    1. ( 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 \tbinom nk or "n choose k" .

    See also

    See also

    • choose in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • choose in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


    • cohoes

Explanation of choose by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

    2. Choose a good husband for your daughter
    3. select as an alternative over another

    4. I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant
    5. see fit or proper to act in a certain way

    Definition of choose by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Choose v. t. [imp. Chose ; p. p. Chosen Chose ( Obs. ); p. pr. & vb. n. Choosing.] [OE. chesen, cheosen, AS. ceósan; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen, Icel. kjōsa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare to taste, Gr. , Skr. jush to enjoy. √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. - To select; prefer; elect; adopt; follow. -- 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.

    2. 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.