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noun choice pronunciation in American English /tʃɔɪs/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the opportunity or right to choose between different things
    Our aim is to provide greater choice for consumers.
    have a/the choice: These people have the choice of whether to buy a house or rent one.
    freedom of choice: Freedom of choice is very important to many people.
    exercise choice (=choose): I think parents should be able to exercise some choice over what their children see on the Internet.
    give someone the choice: If you were given the choice, would you prefer a cat or a dog?
    choice between: Students have a choice between studying French or German.
    personal/parental/consumer choice: The policy will limit parental choice rather than increase it.
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  2. 2
    [countable] a decision to choose someone or something
    make a choice: He wants people to make their own choices.
    choice of: Our childhood experiences can influence our choice of career.
    choice between: He was facing a difficult choice between staying with his family or working abroad.
    an informed choice (=a decision based on good information): The leaflet will enable you to make an informed choice about whether to go ahead with surgery.
    a stark choice (=an unpleasant choice that you cannot avoid): Many poorer people are facing a stark choice between buying food or heating their homes.
  3. 3
    [countable] a range of things that you can choose from
    choice of: The hotel has a well-run restaurant offering a good choice of dishes.
    a wide choice: New York has a wide choice of plays and movies.
    1. a.
      one of the things you can choose from
      There are three choices of dessert on the menu.
  4. 4
    [countable] someone or something that you choose
    choice of: The top of a mountain was an unusual choice of location for a wedding.
    an obvious/natural choice: Pitcher, now 56, was not an obvious choice for the job.
    a good/popular/excellent choice: Disney World is a popular choice for a family vacation.
    someone’s first/second/number one etc. choice: I think Yale University would be my first choice.
    a career/vacation choice: Parents are often crucial in determining their child’s career choice.
    the preferred choice: The polls indicate that Owen is the preferred choice among middle-income voters.

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