Complete Definition of "choose"

English

Etymology
From Old English ceosan|ċēosan.

Pronunciation
AHD|cho͞oz, IPA|/tʃuːz/, SAMPA|/tSu:z/
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Verb
en-verb|chooses|choosing|chose|chosen

  1. To elect.

#: He was chosen as president in 1990

  1. To pick.

#: I chose a nice, ripe apple from the bowl.

  1. To decide to act in a certain way.

#: I chose to walk to work today.

Usage notes
This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs

Related terms
choice
choosey
chosen

Translations
trans-top|to elect
Catalan: escollir, elegir, triar
Chinese: 選舉, 选举 (xuán jǔ)
Danish: vælge, kåre
Dutch: t+|nl|kiezen, t+|nl|verkiezen
Finnish: t+|fi|valita
French: t+|fr|choisir
German: t+|de|wählen
Greek: t+|el|εκλέγω|sc=Grek (eklégo)
Hungarian: t|hu|megválaszt
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Italian: t+|it|eleggere
Polish: t+|pl|wybierać, t-|pl|wybrać
Portuguese: t-|pt|escolher
Romanian: t-|ro|alege
Slovene: izvoliti
Spanish: t+|es|elegir
Swedish: t+|sv|välja
Tagalog: pili
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trans-top|to pick
Catalan: elegir
Chinese: 選擇, 选择 (xuǎn zé)
Danish: udvælge, vælge, foretrække
Dutch: t+|nl|kiezen, t+|nl|uitkiezen
Finnish: t+|fi|valita
French: t+|fr|choisir
German: t-|de|auswählen, t+|de|wählen
Greek: t+|el|διαλέγω|sc=Grek (dialégo)
Hebrew: לבחור (livkhor)
Hungarian: t|hu|kiválaszt
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Italian: t+|it|scegliere, t+|it|selezionare
Maori: t-|mi|whiri|xs=Maori
Portuguese: t-|pt|escolher
Romanian: t-|ro|alege
Slovene: izbrati
Spanish: t-|es|escoger
Swedish: t+|sv|välja
Tagalog: pili
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trans-top|to decide to act in a certain way
Chinese: 決定, 決定 (jué dìng)
Danish: foretrække, have lyst, finde for godt
Dutch: t+|nl|kiezen
Finnish: päättää tehdä
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Portuguese: t-|pt|escolher
Romanian: t-|ro|vrea, t-|ro|prefera
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ttbc|Albanian: zgjedh
ttbc|Croatian: izabrati, izabirati
ttbc|Español: elegir, escoger
ttbc|Esperanto: elekti
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ttbc|Ilocano: pili
ttbc|Indonesian: pilih
ttbc|Japanese: 選ぶ (えらぶ, erabu)
ttbc|Norwegian: velge, utvelge, beslutte
ttbc|Tongan: fili
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References
R:Century 1911
R:Webster 1913

Category:English irregular verbs

de:choose
el:choose
fr:choose
gl:choose
ko:choose
hy:choose
io:choose
id:choose
it:choose
kk:choose
hu:choose
ja:choose
pl:choose
simple:choose
fi:choose
sv:choose
ta:choose
te:choose
vi:choose
uk:choose
zh:choose

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