• WordNet 3.6
    • v choose pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives "Take any one of these cards","Choose a good husband for your daughter","She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
    • v choose select as an alternative over another "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant","She opted for the job on the East coast"
    • v choose see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way "She chose not to attend classes and now she failed the exam"
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I should choose this I should choose this

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For the blockbuster movie "The Terminator," O.J. Simpson was considered to play the role of the Terminator, but producers did not choose him as they thought he would not be taken seriously
    • Choose To do otherwise. "Can I choose but smile?""Thou canst not choose but know who I am."
    • Choose To make a selection; to decide. "They had only to choose between implicit obedience and open rebellion."
    • Choose To make choice of; to select; to take by way of preference from two or more objects offered; to elect; as, to choose the least of two evils. "Choose me for a humble friend."
    • Choose To wish; to desire; to prefer. "The landlady now returned to know if we did not choose a more genteel apartment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Among transsexuals who choose sex-change operations, females who elect to become males are reportedly happier and better adjusted after the procedures than males who elect to become female.
    • choose To select from two or more; make a choice of in preference to another or others, or to something else.
    • choose To prefer and decide: with an infinitive as object: as, he chose to make the attack.
    • choose To prefer to have; be inclined or have a preference for.
    • choose 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.
    • choose To elect; make a choice; decide.
    • choose To prefer; desire; wish.— To have one's choice; do as one pleases.
    • choose To direct one's steps; choose one's way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Pentagon was allowed to choose some of the clothes that John Travolta wore in the movie "Broken Arrow" so that the military would be portrayed positively.
    • v.t Choose chōōz to take one thing in preference to another: to select
    • v.i Choose to will or determine: to think fit:—pa.t. chōse; pa.p. chōs′en
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  • Hermann Wey
    Hermann Wey
    “My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.”
  • Sir John Lubbock
    “Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “You can't choose up sides on a round world.”
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
    “He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.”
  • Frederick (Carl) Frieseke
    Frederick (Carl) Frieseke
    “The key to your universe is that you can choose.”
  • Jerry Garcia
    Jerry Garcia
    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”


You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family - Some things you can choose, but others you cannot, so you have to try to make the best of what you have where you have no choice.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chesen, cheosen, AS. ceósan,; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen, Icel. kjōsa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare, to taste, Gr. , Skr. jush, to enjoy. √46. Cf. Choice, 2d Gust


In literature:

So I tell you when you choose a 'osban', tak' a man with a strong eye.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
As much charity as you choose, but no justice.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
We have no power to prevent you from doing exactly as you choose.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
He cannot choose for her!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Then the mother knew she must show her how to choose.
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
All the doctors of law in France could choose the judges of appeal and the judges of appeal could choose and promote all the judges.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
That is, unless it is something you are choosing for yourself.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
None the less, it is your right to choose.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
Would he choose to run the risk?
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
She wears a silken, softly-rustling gown that is of any lovely colour you choose.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

In poetry:

No false constraint be thine!
But, for right walking, choose
The fine,
The strict cothurnus, Muse.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
Gordon, the self-refusing,
Gordon, the lover of God,
Gordon, the good part choosing,
Welcome along the road!
"Song of the Saints and Angels" by George MacDonald
I love you - Titan lover,
My own storm-days Titan.
Greater than the son of Zeus,
I know whom I would choose.
"Girl To A Soldier On leave" by Isaac Rosenberg
But here I am not left to choose,
My duty is my lot;
And weighty things will glory lose
If small ones are forgot.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
I wear a fine fur coat and gloves,
And spats above my shoes,
They have to do the dirty work,
I do whatever I choose.
"Alf’s Eleventh Bit" by Ezra Pound
Therefore I choose my highest part,
And turn my face to thee;
Therefore I stir my inmost heart
To worship fervently.
"Morning Hymn" by George MacDonald

In news:

Cincinnati Chooses Green Energy Provider.
City Council choose poison option to deal with pigeon problem.
When travelling with young children, would you choose to be a tortoise or a hare.
The Mariners must choose between improving their team and honoring a declining superstar.
According to Yahoo Sports, Reebok made NFL players custom gloves and shoes to be worn on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, but this could be a fineable offense by the NFL if players choose to wear the gear.
Alabama Educational Television Commission chooses broadcast veteran Roy Clem to head APT.
Ovulation hormones make women 'choose clingy clothes'.
If using 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper, choose small medallion clip art .
If this does not work, you may need to click and hold (Mac) or right click on the link (PC), then choose "Download to Disk," "Save Target As," or the equivalent.
Archbishop Paul S Coakley chooses his Coat of Arms .
You might be looking down the business end of a crossbow if you choose to become a vampire in the "Skyrim" DLC pack "Dawnguard".
The popular 24-hour convenience store is once again asking customers to select their favorite candidate by choosing either a red cup for Mitt Romney or a blue cup for President Obama.
The convenience store chain is allowing customers to choose: coffee in a blue cup for President Obama, or a red cup for Mitt Romney.
Why Many Are Choosing Cohabitation Instead.
Personal safety among primary reasons that customers choose a Laundromat.

In science:

Long periods can be obtained by choosing the modulus m large and by choosing appropriate values of the multiplier a and the increment b to get the full period.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Choose an ordinal α and a function f as above and choose a ctbleα -positive set X ⊂ Rα of size < ℵ4 by Lemma 1.3.1.
Duality Chipped
This is done by choosing the distribution of ηx ’s in a non-homogenous way; think of a sparse sequence of increasing volumes Γr and choose two different distributions in the annuli Γr+1 \Γr for r even resp. r odd.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
In each of the last four lines of Table 2, one may equivalently choose either the upper or the lower signs, since this simply corresponds to choosing two equivalent presentations of the same class.
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
Choose any small manifold neighborhood N , and choose handlebody structures.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods