Definition of choose in English:

choose

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

[with object]

Phrases

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 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.

Derivatives

chooser

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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