choose

The hardest part of adopting a dog from a shelter is when you have to choose which one to bring home with you. When you pick out one pup from the mass of barking canines, that's the dog you choose.

Any time you decide on one thing over another — whether it's a seat on a plane, a new pair of shoes, or who you want to marry — you choose it. The Old English word that choose comes from is ceosan, which means something closer to "taste."

Definitions of choose
  1. verb
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
    synonyms: pick out, select, take
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    empanel, impanel, panel
    select from a list
    anoint
    choose by or as if by divine intervention
    field
    select (a team or individual player) for a game
    sieve, sift
    distinguish and separate out
    draw
    select or take in from a given group or region
    dial
    choose by means of a dial
    go, plump
    give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
    pick
    select carefully from a group
    elect
    choose
    excerpt, extract, take out
    take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy
    cull out, winnow
    select desirable parts from a group or list
    cream off, skim off
    pick the best
    pick over, sieve out
    separate or remove
    assign, set apart, specify
    select something or someone for a specific purpose
    single out
    select from a group
    think of
    choose in one's mind
    define, determine, fix, limit, set, specify
    decide upon or fix definitely
    adopt, espouse, follow
    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
    screen, screen out, sieve, sort
    examine in order to test suitability
    vote in
    elect in a voting process
    elect
    select by a vote for an office or membership
    nominate, propose
    put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position
    vote
    express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
    quantify
    use as a quantifier
    hand-pick
    pick personally and very carefully
    dedicate
    set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
    detail
    assign to a specific task
    nominate, put forward, put up
    propose as a candidate for some honor
    name
    mention and identify by name
    reset
    set anew
    define
    give a definition for the meaning of a word
    co-opt
    choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague
    reelect, return
    elect again
    write in
    cast a vote by inserting a name that does not appear on the ballot
    turn thumbs down, vote down
    vote against
    outvote
    defeat by a majority of votes
    ballot
    vote by ballot
    poll
    vote in an election at a polling station
    adhere, stick
    be a devoted follower or supporter
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    decide, determine, make up one's mind
    reach, make, or come to a decision about something
  2. verb
    select as an alternative over another
    “I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant”
    synonyms: opt, prefer
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    cop out, opt out
    choose not to do something, as out of fear of failing
  3. verb
    see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way
    “She chose not to attend classes and now she failed the exam”
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
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