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 fromMore 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.
- 1.1 [no object] Decide on a course of action: [with infinitive]: he chose to go I’ll stay as long as I chooseMore 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.
cannot choose but do something
- • formal Have no alternative to doing something.More 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 methodsMore 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.
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- 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.