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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English chosen, chesen, from Old English ċēosan (to choose, seek out, select, elect, decide, test, accept, settle for, approve), from Proto-West Germanic *keusan, from Proto-Germanic *keusaną (to taste, choose), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵéwseti, from *ǵews- (to taste, try).

Cognate with Scots chose, chese (to choose), French choisir (to choose), North Frisian kese (to choose), West Frisian kieze (to choose), Dutch kiezen (to choose), Low German kesen (to choose), archaic and partially obsolete German kiesen (to choose), Danish kyse (to frighten (via ‘to charm, allure’ and ‘to enchant’)), Norwegian kjose (to choose), Swedish tjusa (to charm, allure, enchant), Icelandic kjósa (to choose, vote, elect), Gothic 𐌺𐌹𐌿𐍃𐌰𐌽 (kiusan, to test), Latin gustō (I taste, sample), Ancient Greek γεύω (geúō, to feed), Sanskrit जोषति (jóṣati, to like, enjoy).

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VerbEdit

choose (third-person singular simple present chooses, present participle choosing, simple past chose or (nonstandard) choosed, past participle chosen or (nonstandard) choosed or (now colloquial) chose)

  1. To pick; to make the choice of; to select.
    I chose a nice ripe apple from the fruit bowl.
  2. To elect.
    He was chosen as president in 1990.
  3. To decide to act in a certain way.
    I chose to walk to work today.
  4. To wish; to desire; to prefer.
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ConjunctionEdit

choose

  1. (mathematics) The binomial coefficient of the previous and following number.
    The number of distinct subsets of size k from a set of size n is   or "n choose k".
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English chose, chos, chooce, from chosen (to choose). Cognate with Scots chose (choosing, choice, selection).

NounEdit

choose (plural chooses)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) The act of choosing; selection.
  2. (dialectal or obsolete) The power, right, or privilege of choosing; election.
  3. (dialectal or obsolete) Scope for choice.

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