Pronunciation: (chOOz),[key] —v.,chose; cho•sen or (Obs.)chose; choos•ing.
—v.t. 1. to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference: She chose Sunday for her departure. 2. to prefer or decide (to do something): He chose to run for election. 3. to want; desire.
4. (esp. in children's games) to contend with (an opponent) to decide, as by odd or even, who will do something: I'll choose you to see who gets to bat first.
—v.i. 1. to make a choice: He chose carefully. 2. to be inclined: You may stay here, if you choose. 3. (esp. in children's games) to decide, as by means of odd or even, who will do something: Let's choose to see who bats first. 4. cannot choose but, cannot do otherwise than; is or are obliged to: He cannot choose but obey. 5. choose up, a. to select (players) for a contest or game: The boys chose up sides for the game. b. to select players for a contest or game: We have to choose up before we can play.