American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To select from a number of possible alternatives; decide on and pick out.
- v. To prefer above others: chooses the supermarket over the neighborhood grocery store.
- v. To determine or decide: chose to fly rather than drive.
- v. To make a choice; make a selection: was used to doing as she chose.
- choose up To choose players and form sides or teams for a game, such as baseball or softball.
- idiom. cannot choose but Can only do; cannot do otherwise: We cannot choose but to observe the rules.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To select from two or more; make a choice of in preference to another or others, or to something else.
- To prefer and decide: with an infinitive as object: as, he chose to make the attack.
- To prefer to have; be inclined or have a preference for.
- Synonyms Choose, Prefer, Elect, Select, fix upon, pitch upon, adopt. Choose is the most general of these words, but always represents an act of the will; it is the taking of one or some where all are not wanted or cannot be had. Choice may be founded upon preference or modified by necessity. Prefer represents a verdict of the judgment or a state of the inclination; it emphasizes more than does choose the leaving of the rest: he who prefers apples to oranges will choose apples when he has the opportunity of choice; one may by inclination prefer to work at night, but, on grounds of health, choose to work only by day. Elect has an exact use in theology; its principal use otherwise is to express the choice of persons, by ballot or otherwise, for office, membership in societies, etc.: as, to be elected alderman or treasurer; to elect certain studies in a college is to choose them formally. Select represents a careful, discriminating choice.
- To elect; make a choice; decide.
- To prefer; desire; wish.— To have one's choice; do as one pleases.
- To direct one's steps; choose one's way.
- v. To elect.
- v. To pick.
- v. To decide to act in a certain way.
- conj. mathematics The binomial coefficient of the previous and following number.
- n. The act of choosing; selection.
- n. The power, right, or privilege of choosing; election.
- n. Scope for choice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make choice of; to select; to take by way of preference from two or more objects offered; to elect.
- v. colloq. To wish; to desire; to prefer.
- v. To make a selection; to decide.
- v. To do otherwise.
- v. see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way
- v. select as an alternative over another
- v. pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
- From Middle English chose, chos, chooce, from Middle English chosen ("to choose"). see above. Cognate with Scots chose ("choosing, choice, selection"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English chesen, from Old English cēosan; see geus- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I actually consider these games more interesting than those that only allow the player to do “good”, and while I typically choose to follow the “good” path, I like that I had to actually *choose* to follow it.”
“It may be true that we can act as we choose, but can we _choose_?”
“Thus, in "I may write if I choose," "may write" is by some classified as in the potential mood, but in reality the phrase _I may write_ is an indicative one while the second clause, _if I choose_, is the expression of a condition upon which, not my liberty to write, depends, but my actual writing.”
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