Pronunciation: (chOOz), [key]
v., chose; cho•sen or (Obs.) chose; choos•ing.

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.

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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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