Definition of choose in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃuːz/

verb (past chose /tʃəʊz/; past participle chosen /ˈtʃəʊz(ə)n/)

[with object]
1Pick out (someone or something) as being the best or most appropriate of two or more alternatives: he chose a seat facing the door [no object]: there are many versions to choose from
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, pick out, opt for, plump for, go for, take, settle on, decide on, fix on, come down in favour of, vote for;
single out, hand-pick;
set, designate, determine, specify, appoint, name, nominate, adopt, espouse;
British  pitch on
1.1 [no object] Decide on a course of action: [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, prefer, feel/be inclined, please, like, see fit;
decide, elect, make up one's mind



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: there is little to choose between the different methods
More 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: /ˈtʃuːzə/
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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