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verb [intransitive/transitive]     choose pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlechoosing
past tensechose
past participlechosen
  1. to decide which you want from a number of people or things

    Do you feel that you chose the wrong career?

    choose from:

    There is a huge range of vacations to choose from.

    choose between:

    She is forced to choose between her husband and her parents.

    choose which/where/whether etc.:

    How do you choose which car you are going to buy?

    I like this job because I can choose when and where I do the work.

    choose someone/something as something:

    Atlanta was chosen as the site for the 1996 Olympic Games.

    choose someone/something for something:

    Surely he wasn’t just chosen for his good looks?

    choose someone/something out of someone/something:

    The winner was chosen out of thousands who sent in photos.

    1. a.
      to decide to do something
      choose to do something:

      More and more people are choosing to live alone.

      choose to ignore:

      Hilary chose to ignore the doctor’s warning.

      if someone so chooses:

      Why shouldn’t they be allowed to come and live here if they so choose?

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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