When you come to a fork in the road, you have to make a choice. If you can't decide, maybe you should flip a coin.

If you have to choose between two schools, the one you end up going to is your choice. If there's only one option, we say we "have no choice," while "the choice is yours" means it's up to you. Choice can also be an adjective for something of high quality, something worth choosing. The choice apples had all been picked by the time you arrived, so you had to settle for the bruised ones.

Primary Meanings of choice

the act of choosing or selecting
of superior grade
Full Definitions of choice

n the act of choosing or selecting

“your choice of colors was unfortunate”
option, pick, selection
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the choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie
coloration, colouration
choice and use of colors (as by an artist)
(statistics) the selection of a suitable sample for study
conclusion, decision, determination
the act of making up your mind about something
volition, willing
the act of making a choice
the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice
ballot, balloting, vote, voting
a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative
random sampling
the selection of a random sample; each element of the population has an equal chance of been selected
proportional sampling, representative sampling, stratified sampling
the population is divided into subpopulations (strata) and random samples are taken of each stratum
an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out
appointment, assignment, designation, naming
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
(sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
the act of deciding to do something
casting lots, drawing lots, sortition
making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
co-optation, co-option
the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
block vote
a vote proportional in magnitude to the number of people that a delegate represents
cumulative vote
an election in which each person has as many votes as there are positions to be filled and they can all be cast for one candidate or can be distributed in any manner
secret ballot
a vote in which each person's choice is secret but the totaled votes are public
split ticket
a ballot cast by a voter who votes for candidates from more than one party
straight ticket
a ballot cast by a voter who votes for all the candidates of one party
multiple voting
the act of voting in more than one place by the same person at the same election (illegal in U.S.)
casting vote
the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to resolve a tie
a vote that blocks a decision
a vote cast by writing in the name of a candidate who is not listed on the ballot
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something done (usually as opposed to something said)

n one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

“my only choice is to refuse”
alternative, option
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the more conspicuous of two alternatives or cases or sides
druthers, preference
the right or chance to choose
default, default option
an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
opening, possibility, possible action
a possible alternative
impossibility, impossible action
an alternative that is not available
Hobson's choice
the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all
soft option
an easier alternative
the particular preference that you have
something that can be done
something that cannot be done
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deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision

n the person or thing chosen or selected

pick, selection
a formal expression
favorite, favourite
something regarded with special favor or liking
doing as one pleases or chooses
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deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision

adj of superior grade

choice wines”
prime, prize, quality, select
of high or superior quality or performance

adj appealing to refined taste

choice wine”
pleasing to the sense of taste

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