Definition of choice in English:

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choice

Pronunciation: /CHois/

noun

1An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities: the choice between good and evil
More example sentences
  • The capacity of consumers to drive efficiency can be undermined by an inability to make an informed choice between plans.
  • Other findings showed that consumers wanted to be able to make an informed choice between GM and non-GM food.
  • I had a choice between cancelling my appointment, or attempting the journey with one mirror.
1.1The right or ability to make, or possibility of making, such a selection: I had to do it, I had no choice
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  • We are concerned about the people and their ability to have choice.
  • The American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want.
  • They also posit that creative leadership is just as much about choice as ability.
1.2A range of possibilities from which one or more may be selected: you can have a sofa made to order in a choice of over forty fabrics
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  • The Boeing business jet also comes with a choice of interior decoration ranging from the basic to sumptuous.
  • The choice of bar can range from a close-knit pub setting to a party animal's dream.
  • Walkers set off from Cudham village on a choice of routes ranging from three to eight miles.
Synonyms
range, variety, selection, assortment
1.3A course of action, thing, or person that is selected or decided upon: this CD drive is the perfect choice for your computer
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  • Garry was an ideal choice to present the prize on behalf of the slimming group because he lost two stones through their plan earlier this year.
  • Particularly, chopsticks are also a good choice when people send presents to relatives and friends.
  • The flight prize was an easy choice for the leading lawman with a long-standing interest in aviation.
Synonyms
preference, selection, pick, favorite

adjective

1(Especially of food) of very good quality: he picked some choice early plums
More example sentences
  • Then he would eat his favourite food by picking off choice meat off of the bone of extra rare chicken tikkas.
  • After Mass the guests were treated to refreshments, soup, sandwiches and a variety of other choice foods.
  • It is considered very polite to occasionally select a choice morsel for the person sitting beside you or to place it on his or her plate.
Synonyms
superior, first-class, first-rate, prime, premier, grade A, best, finest, excellent, select, quality, high-quality, top, top-quality, high-grade, prize, fine, special;
hand-picked, carefully chosen
informal tip-top, A1, top-notch, blue-ribbon, blue-chip
2(Of words, phrases, or language) rude and abusive: he had a few choice words at his command
More example sentences
  • The family was forced to move, and Yeats sent Lady Gregory a few choice words about his idolized beloved.
  • But during his brief tenure, Thomson has had choice words for both the government and the opposition.
  • Keane reacted angrily to a tackle from David Beckham and after pushing the England captain his manager had a few choice words.

Phrases

1

by choice

Of one’s own volition.
Example sentences
  • By choice you came to this land and by choice you're fighting for this country and that is extraordinary.
  • The only acceptable defence used to be, ‘I am a virgin by choice - but not my own’.
  • If you're going to write, you might as well know the rules, so then if you break them, at least it will be by choice.
2

of choice

Selected as one’s favorite or the best: champagne was his drink of choice
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  • Tea is now the Big Yin's drink of choice, having eschewed alcohol in all its forms for many years.
  • American whiskey has always been the drink of choice for the fashionable rebel.
  • Their drink of choice is lager, and lots of it, but they down a lot of coke too.
3

of one's choice

That one chooses or has chosen: the college of her choice
More example sentences
  • And I, uh, gave lots of money to the religion of my choice, AND their chosen political party.
  • Apparently it's all about people's right to choose the sausage roll of their choice.
  • I thought it would be something lame, but the moment everyone was in the classroom, our teacher led us outside and told us to choose a weapon of our choice.

Derivatives

choicely

Pronunciation: /ˈCHoislē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • A choicely clad company has assembled under a colonnaide, their glossy-faced children as if chipped from roseate pearl, their spaniel dogs straight out of a scene painted by Metsu or Terborch.
  • However she had to settle for second place behind the choicely bred Salthill (Frisby Flashing-Rahan Bridge) who was also making his racing debut.
  • The third race on Friday last was such an event with six choicely bred youngsters making their racing debuts.

choiceness

Pronunciation: /ˈCHoisnəs/
noun

Origin

Middle English: from Old French chois, from choisir 'choose', of Germanic origin and related to choose.

Words that rhyme with choice

bourgeois, Boyce, Joyce, pro-choice, rejoice, Royce, voice

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: choice

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