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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-Germanic *keusaną ‎(to taste, choose), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- ‎(to taste, choose, enjoy). 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 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, verb).



choose ‎(third-person singular simple present chooses, present participle choosing, simple past chose, past participle chosen)

  1. To pick; to make the choice of; to select.
    I chose a nice ripe apple from the fruit bowl.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, The Bat, chapterI:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
  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
    • Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)
      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.