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v. chose, cho•sen, choos•ing. v.t.
When you choose someone or something from a group of people or things, you decide which one you want.
The past tense of choose is chose, not 'choosed'. The past participle is chosen.
Pick and select have very similar meanings to choose. Select is more formal than choose or pick, and is not usually used in conversation.
If you appoint someone to a job or official position, you formally choose them for it.
If someone chooses to do something, they do it because they want to or because they feel it is right.
You do not say that someone 'picks to do' something or 'selects to do' something.
Past participle: chosen
|Verb||1.||choose - 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"|
anoint - choose by or as if by divine intervention; "She was anointed the head of the Christian fundamentalist group"
field - select (a team or individual player) for a game; "The Buckeyes fielded a young new quarterback for the Rose Bowl"
draw - select or take in from a given group or region; "The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population"
dial - choose by means of a dial; "dial a telephone number"
plump, go - give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; "I plumped for the losing candidates"
pick - select carefully from a group; "She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"
elect - choose; "I elected to have my funds deposited automatically"
cull out, winnow - select desirable parts from a group or list; "cull out the interesting letters from the poet's correspondence"; "winnow the finalists from the long list of applicants"
set apart, assign, specify - select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
single out - select from a group; "She was singled out for her outstanding performance"
decide, make up one's mind, determine - reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
think of - choose in one's mind; "Think of any integer between 1 and 25"
specify, fix, limit, set, determine, define - decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
adopt, espouse, follow - choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
screen out, sieve, sort, screen - examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"
vote in - elect in a voting process; "They voted in Clinton"
elect - select by a vote for an office or membership; "We elected him chairman of the board"
nominate, propose - put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position; "The President nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission"
vote - express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote; "He voted for the motion"; "None of the Democrats voted last night"
|2.||choose - select as an alternative over another; "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the East coast"|
|3.||choose - 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"|
pick leave, refuse, decline, reject, dismiss, exclude, forgo, throw aside
choose[tʃuːz] (chose (pt) (chosen (pp)))
he was chosen (as) leader → fue elegido líder
there is nothing to choose between them → vale tanto el uno como el otro, no veo la diferencia entre ellos
choose[ˈtʃuːz] [chose] [ˈtʃəʊz] (pt) [chosen] [ˈtʃəʊzən] (pp)
to choose to do sth → décider de faire qch
there's little to choose between them, there's nothing to choose between them (mainly British) → il y a peu de différence entre eux chosen few