Choose v. t. [imp. Chose p. p. Chosen Chose (Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Choosing.]
1. 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. --Pope.
2. To wish; to desire; to prefer. [Colloq.]
The landlady now returned to know if we did not choose a more genteel apartment. --Goldsmith.
To choose sides. See under Side.
Syn: - To select; prefer; elect; adopt; follow.
Usage: -- To Choose, Prefer, Elect. To choose is the generic term, and denotes to take or fix upon by an act of the will, especially in accordance with a decision of the judgment. To prefer is to choose or favor one thing as compared with, and more desirable than, another, or more in accordance with one's tastes and feelings. To elect is to choose or select for some office, employment, use, privilege, etc., especially by the concurrent vote or voice of a sufficient number of electors. To choose a profession; to prefer private life to a public one; to elect members of Congress.
Cho·sen p. p. of Choose. Selected from a number; picked out; choice.
Seven hundred chosen men left-handed. --Judg. xx. 16.
Cho·sen, n. One who, or that which is the object of choice or special favor.
v 1: 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" [syn: take,
select, pick out]
2: select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an
alternative; "I always choose the fish over the meat
courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the
East coast" [syn: prefer, opt]
3: 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"
[also: chosen, chose]
adj : preferred above all others; "the chosen few"; "her chosen
n 1: one who is the object of choice; who is given preference;
"she was Mama's chosen"
2: the name for Korea as a Japanese province (1910-1945)
3: an exclusive group of people; "one of the elect who have
power inside the government" [syn: elect]
spoken of warriors (Ex. 15:4; Judg. 20:16), of the Hebrew nation
(Ps. 105:43; Deut. 7:7), of Jerusalem as the seat of the temple
(1 Kings 11:13). Christ is the "chosen" of God (Isa. 42:1); and
the apostles are "chosen" for their work (Acts 10:41). It is
said with regard to those who do not profit by their
opportunities that "many are called, but few are chosen" (Matt.
20:16). (See ELECTION.)