choose


choose
choose, select, elect, opt, pick, cull, prefer, single are comparable when they mean to fix upon one of a number of things as the one to be taken, accepted, or adopted or to make such a determination. Choose commonly implies both an act of judgment and the actual taking or adoption of what is fixed upon
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that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good— Isa 7:15

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between them ... we can see little to chooseHenry Adams

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the disinterested search for truth is certainly one of the highest and noblest careers that a man can chooseInge

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Select usually implies a wide range of choice and discrimination or discernment of values in making one's choice
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one particular nation to select from all the rest— Milton

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the difficult task of selecting a presidential candidate— H. D. Jordan

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his temperament was selecting the instances he should narrate, his mind selecting the words to employ— F. M. Ford

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Elect often implies a deliberate choice, especially between alternatives, or a careful selection of some out of many possibilities; ordinarily, it carries a stronger implication of the rejection of that not chosen than either of the preceding words
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elect a president

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according to the doctrine of predestination, God elects those who are to be saved

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will it not look a little odd . . . when you have so many devoted children, that you should elect to live alone— Sackville-West

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having elected deliberately . . . that stern land and weather— Faulkner

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Opt (often with for)implies an election between alternatives
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give the people an opportunity to opt for statehood— Rupert Emerson

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often specifically, in the case of inhabitants of territory transferred by treaty, between retaining one's former citizenship or acquiring citizenship in the new state
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opt to remain a British subject

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Pick implies a careful selection, often on personal grounds; cull, a nice or fastidious choice
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attempts to pick an exact synonym— Johnson O'Connor

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pick an all-star team from the players in the city

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pick a winner

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his dictionary had no vulgar word in it, no harsh one, but all culled from the luckiest moods of poets— J. R. Lowell

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Prefer implies choice that indicates what one favors or desires; it does not, however, always carry an implication of taking or adopting what one chooses or of getting one's choice
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prefer the blue dress to the brown one

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certain colors were preferred ... for reasons of association and tradition— Binyon

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experience has taught me, when the versions of the same story . . . differ materially, to prefer the less exciting— Davis

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Single (usually with out) implies choice or election usually of an individual person or thing from a number
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singles out for special praise the guidebook to Wells cathedral— Pyke Johnson

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Analogous words: *adopt, espouse, embrace: *desire, wish, crave
Antonyms: reject: eschew
Contrasted words: *forgo, forbear, abnegate: refuse, *decline, spurn, repudiate

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  • choose — W1S1 [tʃu:z] v past tense chose [tʃəuz US tʃouz] past participle chosen [ˈtʃəuzən US ˈtʃou ] [I and T] [: Old English; Origin: ceosan] 1.) to decide which one of a number of things or people you want →↑choice ▪ It took us ages to choose a new… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • choose — [ tʃuz ] (past tense chose [ tʃouz ] ; past participle chosen [ tʃouzn ] ) verb intransitive or transitive *** to decide which you want from a number of people or things: Do you feel that you chose the wrong career? choose from: There is a huge… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Choose — Choose, v. t. [imp. {Chose}; p. p. {Chosen}, {Chose} (Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Choosing}.] [OE. chesen, cheosen, AS. ce[ o]san; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen, Icel. kj[=o]sa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare to taste, Gr. ?, Skr. jush to enjoy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Choose Me — theatrical poster Directed by Alan Rudolph Produced by …   Wikipedia

  • Choose — Choose, v. i. 1. To make a selection; to decide. [1913 Webster] They had only to choose between implicit obedience and open rebellion. Prescott. [1913 Webster] 2. To do otherwise. Can I choose but smile? Pope. [1913 Webster] {Can not choose but} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • choose — [cho͞oz] vt. chose, chosen, choosing [ME chesen, cheosen < OE ceosan < IE base * ĝeus , to taste, relish > L gustare, Goth kausjan] 1. to pick out by preference from what is available; take as a choice; select [to choose a book at the… …   English World dictionary

  • Choose — may refer to: Choice, the act of judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one of them for action Binomial coefficient, a mathematical function describing number of possible selections of subsets ( seven choose two ) Morra (game), a… …   Wikipedia

  • choose — (v.) O.E. ceosan choose, taste, try (class II strong verb; past tense ceas, pp. coren), from P.Gmc. *keusanan (Cf. O.Fris. kiasa, O.S. kiosan, Du. kiezen, O.H.G. kiosan, Ger. kiesen, O.N. kjosa, Goth. kiusan choose ), from PIE root …   Etymology dictionary

  • choose — choose; mis·choose; …   English syllables

  • choose — I verb act on one s own authority, adopt, appoint, be disposed to, be resolute, be so minded, co opt, commit oneself to a course, cull, decide, deligere, desire, determine, determine upon, discriminate, discriminate between, do of one s own… …   Law dictionary


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