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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English cheosen, chesen, from Old English ċēosan (to choose, seek out, select, elect, decide, test, accept, settle for, approve), from Proto-West Germanic *keusan, from Proto-Germanic *keusaną (to taste, choose), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵéwseti, from *ǵews- (to taste, try).

Cognate with Scots chuise, cheese (to choose), North Frisian kese (to choose), Saterland Frisian kjoze (to choose), West Frisian kieze (to choose), Dutch kiezen (to choose), French choisir (to choose), Low German kesen (to choose), German Low German kiesen (to pick, select), archaic and partially obsolete German kiesen (to choose), Danish kyse (to frighten (via ‘to charm, allure’ and ‘to enchant’)), Norwegian kjose (to choose), Swedish tjusa (to charm, allure, enchant), Icelandic kjósa (to choose, vote, elect), Gothic 𐌺𐌹𐌿𐍃𐌰𐌽 (kiusan, to test), Latin gustō (I taste, sample), Ancient Greek γεύω (geúō, to feed), Sanskrit जोषति (jóṣati, to like, enjoy), Russian кушать (kúšatʹ, to have a meal, to eat).



choose (third-person singular simple present chooses, present participle choosing, simple past chose or (nonstandard) choosed, past participle chosen or (nonstandard) choosed or (now colloquial) chose)

  1. To pick; to make the choice of; to select.
    I chose a nice ripe apple from the fruit bowl.
  2. To elect.
    He was chosen as president in 1990.
  3. To decide to act in a certain way.
    I chose to walk to work today.
  4. To prefer; to wish; to desire.
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  1. (mathematics) The binomial coefficient of the previous and following number.
    The number of distinct subsets of size k from a set of size n is or "n choose k".
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English chose, chos, chooce, a Northern dialectal form of Middle English chois (choice). Cognate with Scots chose, choose, chuse (choosing, choice, selection). Doublet of choice, which see for more.


choose (plural chooses)

  1. (obsolete, Northern England, Scotland) The act of choosing; selection.
  2. (obsolete, Northern England, Scotland) The power, right, or privilege of choosing; election.