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v. chose (chōz), cho·sen (chō′zən), choos·ing, choos·es
1. To select from a number of possible alternatives; decide on and pick out: Which book did you choose at the library?
a. To prefer above others: chooses the supermarket over the neighborhood grocery store.
b. To determine or decide: chose to fly rather than drive.
To make a choice; make a selection: was used to doing as she chose.
To choose players and form sides or teams for a game, such as baseball or softball.
cannot choose but
Can only do; cannot do otherwise: We cannot choose but to observe the rules.
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