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

v pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

Choose a good husband for your daughter”
pick out, select, take
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empanel, impanel, panel
select from a list
choose by or as if by divine intervention
select (a team or individual player) for a game
sieve, sift
distinguish and separate out
select or take in from a given group or region
choose by means of a dial
go, plump
give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
select carefully from a group
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
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
express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
use as a quantifier
pick personally and very carefully
set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
assign to a specific task
nominate, put forward, put up
propose as a candidate for some honor
mention and identify by name
set anew
give a definition for the meaning of a word
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
defeat by a majority of votes
vote by ballot
vote in an election at a polling station
adhere, stick
be a devoted follower or supporter
Type of:
decide, determine, make up one's mind
reach, make, or come to a decision about something

v select as an alternative over another

“I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant”
opt, prefer
cop out, opt out
choose not to do something, as out of fear of failing

v 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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