Definition of choose in English:

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Pronunciation: /CHo͞oz/

verb (past chose /CHōz/; past participle chosen /ˈCHōzən/)

[with object]
1Pick out or select (someone or something) as being the best or most appropriate of two or more alternatives: he chose a seat facing the door [no object]: now it’s my turn to choose
More example sentences
  • Everyone seems to have chosen the person they are supporting for the job.
  • Our waitress helped us choose all our dishes and we were pleased we took her advice.
  • You are not simply choosing a new leader for the party, you are picking the next prime minister.
select, pick (out), opt for, settle on, decide on, fix on, take;
appoint, name, nominate, vote for, elect
1.1 [no object] Decide on a course of action, typically after rejecting alternatives: [with infinitive]: he chose to go I’ll stay as long as I choose
More example sentences
  • Nations have always been able to choose to what degree they wish to open up to globalisation.
  • Feel free to choose more or less as you see fit, but please explain why you picked them.
  • Sometimes I wish I had chosen to be one of those who mend lives but it is too late for regrets.
wish, want, desire, feel/be inclined, please, like, see fit



cannot choose but do something

formal Have no alternative to doing something.
Example sentences
  • As a corollary to the proposition that all institutions must be subordinated to the law of equal freedom, we cannot choose but admit the right of the citizen to adopt a condition of voluntary outlawry.
  • Knowing man cannot choose but pay, how have we cheapened paradise?
  • I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city, and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot choose but weep.

there is little (or nothing) to choose between

There is little or no difference between.
Example sentences
  • And the outcome of their 1998-99 head-to-head suggests that there will be little to choose between two sides who met at the same stage of the competition last year.
  • But with almost nothing to choose between the parties, could the common-sense spectrum get any narrower?
  • Likewise, he found little to choose between the outside world, which he regarded as a landscape of desolation, and his family, which he called, among less pejorative names, a quagmire.



Pronunciation: /ˈCHo͞ozər/
Example sentences
  • Sometimes, these pickers and choosers even mix in their favorite features of other faiths.
  • As refugees, we are resigned to being subject to charity; we cannot be choosers.
  • But where I think the flaw in reasoning lies is that it puts the focus on the ethical choice rather the ethical chooser.


Old English cēosan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kiezen.

Words that rhyme with choose

abuse, accuse, adieux, amuse, bemuse, billets-doux, blues, booze, bruise, Clews, confuse, contuse, cruise, cruse, Cruz, diffuse, do's, Druze, effuse, enthuse, excuse, fuse (US fuze), Hughes, incuse, interfuse, lose, Mahfouz, mews, misuse, muse, news, ooze, Ouse, perfuse, peruse, rhythm-and-blues, ruse, schmooze, snooze, suffuse, Toulouse, transfuse, trews, use, Vaduz, Veracruz, who's, whose, youse

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