Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To select from a number of possible alternatives; decide on and pick out.
  • transitive v. To prefer above others: chooses the supermarket over the neighborhood grocery store.
  • transitive v. To determine or decide: chose to fly rather than drive.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To elect.
  • v. To pick.
  • v. To decide to act in a certain way.
  • conj. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make a selection; to decide.
  • intransitive v. To do otherwise.
  • transitive v. To make choice of; to select; to take by way of preference from two or more objects offered; to elect.
  • transitive v. To wish; to desire; to prefer.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English chesen, from Old English cēosan; see geus- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English chosen, chesen, from Old English ċēosan ("to choose, seek out, select, elect, decide, test, accept, settle for, approve"), from Proto-Germanic *keusanan (“to taste, choose”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- (“to taste, choose, enjoy”). Cognate with Scots chose, chese ("to choose"), North Frisian kese ("to choose"), West Frisian kieze ("to choose"), Dutch kiezen ("to choose"), German kiesen ("to choose"), Danish kyse ("to choose"), Norwegian kjose ("to choose"), Swedish tjusa ("to charm, allure"), Icelandic kjósa ("to choose, vote, elect"), Gothic 𐌺𐌹𐌿𐍃𐌰𐌽 (kiusan, "to test"), Latin gustō ("taste, sample", v). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English chose, chos, chooce, from Middle English chosen ("to choose"). see above. Cognate with Scots chose ("choosing, choice, selection"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • I've got one friend
    laying across from me
    I did not choose him
    he did not choose me
    we've got no chance of recovery
    joy and hospital
    joy and misery

    January 31, 2007