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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English chosen, 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 chose, chese (to choose), French choisir (to choose), North Frisian kese (to choose), West Frisian kieze (to choose), Dutch kiezen (to choose), Low German kesen (to choose), 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).



choose (third-person singular simple present chooses, present participle choosing, simple past chose, past participle chosen 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 wish; to desire; to prefer.
    Choose truth, and find beauty. Choose love, and embrace change. ― Justin Deschamps
    • (Can we date this quote by Oliver Goldsmith and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The landlady now returned to know if we did not choose a more genteel apartment.
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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, from Middle English chosen (to choose). Cognate with Scots chose (choosing, choice, selection).


choose (plural chooses)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) The act of choosing; selection.
  2. (dialectal or obsolete) The power, right, or privilege of choosing; election.
  3. (dialectal or obsolete) Scope for choice.