choice - definition and synonyms


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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.

    choice between:

    Students have a choice between studying French or German.

    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?

    freedom of choice:

    Freedom of choice is very important for many people.

    personal/parental/consumer choice:

    The policy will limit parental choice rather than increase it.

  2. 2
    [countable] a decision to choose someone or something
    choice between:

    He was facing a difficult choice between staying with his family or working abroad.

    choice of:

    Our childhood experiences can influence our choice of career.

    make a choice:

    He wants people to make their own choices.

    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:

    London has a wide choice of cinemas and theatres.

    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 venue for a wedding.

    a good/popular/excellent choice:

    Greece is a popular choice for a family holiday.

    someone’s first/second/number one etc choice:

    I think Edinburgh University would be my first choice.

    the preferred choice:

    Research has shown that Owen is the preferred choice amongst middle-class voters.

    an obvious/natural choice:

    Pitcher, now 56, was not an obvious choice for the job.

    a career/holiday choice:

    Parents are often crucial in determining their child’s career choice.