Definition of choice in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃɔɪs/


1An act of choosing between two or more possibilities: the choice between good and evil
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  • 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.
1.1 [mass noun] The right or ability to choose: 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 chosen: you can have a sofa made in a choice of 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.
range, variety, selection, assortment;
array, display
1.3A thing or person which is chosen: this disk 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.
nominee, candidate, selection


1(Especially of food) of very good quality: he picked some choice early plums
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  • 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.
superior, first-class, first-rate, prime, premier, grade A, best, finest, excellent, select, quality, high-quality, top, top-quality, high-grade, of the first water, prize, special, exclusive, hand-picked, carefully chosen, vintage, fine;
British  top of the range;
chiefly US  top of the line;
French par excellence
informal tip-top, A1, top-notch, plum
well chosen, well put, well expressed;
appropriate, apposite, apt, fit, felicitous
2(Of words or language) rude and abusive: he had a few choice words at his command
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  • 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.
rude, abusive, insulting, offensive, unprintable



by choice

Of one’s own accord: she did not leave the academic world by choice, but because her future seemed blocked
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  • 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.
voluntarily, of one's own accord, of one's own free will, of one's own volition, of one's own choice, of one's own choosing, by preference;
willingly, readily, freely, intentionally, deliberately, on purpose, purposely, spontaneously, without being asked, without being forced, without hesitation, without reluctance;
gladly, with pleasure, with good grace, eagerly, enthusiastically

of choice

Selected as one’s favourite 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.

of one's choice

That one chooses or has chosen: the college of her choice
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɔɪsli/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɔɪsnəs/


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

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