Definition of choose verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃuːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃuːz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they choose
    BrE BrE//tʃuːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃuːz//
    he / she / it chooses
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃuːzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃuːzɪz//
    past simple chose
    BrE BrE//tʃəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃoʊz//
    past participle chosen
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃəʊzn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃoʊzn//
    -ing form choosing
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃuːzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃuːzɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available You choose, I can't decide. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. choose between A and/or B She had to choose between staying in the UK or going home. choose something Sarah chose her words carefully. This site has been chosen for the new school. choose A from B We have to choose a new manager from a shortlist of five candidates. choose somebody/something as/for something He chose banking as a career. We chose Phil McSweeney as/for chairperson. choose whether, what, etc… You'll have to choose whether to buy it or not. choose to do something We chose to go by train. choose somebody to be/do something We chose Phil McSweeney to be chairperson. Synonymschooseselect pick decide opt go forThese words all mean to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available.choose to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available:You choose—I can’t decide.select [often passive] to choose somebody/​something, usually carefully, from a group of people or things:He was selected for the team. a randomly selected sample of 23 schoolspick (rather informal) to choose somebody/​something from a group of people or things:She picked the best cake for herself.choose, select or pick?Choose is the most general of these words and the only one that can be used without an object. When you select something, you choose it carefully, unless you actually say that it is selected randomly/​at random. Pick is a more informal word and often a less careful action, used especially when the choice being made is not very important.decide to choose between two or more possibilities:We’re still trying to decide on a venue.opt to choose to take or not to take a particular course of action:After graduating she opted for a career in music. After a lot of thought, I opted against buying a motorbike.go for something (rather informal) to choose something:I think I’ll go for the fruit salad.Patterns to choose/​select/​pick/​decide between A and/​or B to choose/​select/​pick A from B to opt/​go for somebody/​something to choose/​decide/​opt to do something to choose/​select/​pick somebody/​something carefully/​at random randomly chosen/​selected/​picked More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet.
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to prefer or decide to do something Employees can retire at 60 if they choose. choose to do something Many people choose not to marry.
  3. see also choice
    Word OriginOld English cēosan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kiezen.Extra examples She had to choose between giving up her job or hiring a nanny. There are several different models to choose from. They can choose freely from a wide range of courses. You are free to choose whichever courses you want to take. You have to take any job you can get—you can’t pick and choose. We chose Paul Stubbs to be chairperson. We deliberately chose to stay in a cheap non-western hotel. With practice, you can consciously choose not to react in a stressed way. You choose—I can’t decide. You’ll have to choose whether to buy it or not.Idioms to choose only those things that you like or want very much You have to take any job you can get—you can't pick and choose.
    there is nothing/not much/little to choose between A and B
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    there is very little difference between two or more things or people
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