Definition of choice in English:

choice

noun

  • 1An act of choosing between two or more possibilities:

    ‘the choice between good and evil’
    • ‘We forget that when people are given a choice between freedom and tyranny, they will choose freedom.’
    • ‘I take it that you don't see this as an easy choice between these two men.’
    • ‘Users will now be given the possibility of a choice between different suppliers at an earlier time.’
    • ‘It has not created a polarized choice between spoken and printed information.’
    • ‘He had to make a choice between art and parenthood, and he ultimately chose art.’
    • ‘Given the choice between withdrawing or dying, he would almost certainly choose the former.’
    • ‘Other findings showed that consumers wanted to be able to make an informed choice between GM and non-GM food.’
    • ‘I said my mom gave me a choice between Seattle and the beach and that I chose Seattle.’
    • ‘Any information that can be reduced to a choice between two or more possibilities can be expressed using bits.’
    • ‘So from now on, where I have a choice between the two, I know who I'm choosing.’
    • ‘The capacity of consumers to drive efficiency can be undermined by an inability to make an informed choice between plans.’
    • ‘That choice between settling for what we've got, or striving for what we [want], is at the core of every challenge we face in education.’
    • ‘He did specify though that if it came down to a choice between a bridge or a ferry service he would opt for the bridge option.’
    • ‘Given a choice between two ways to make money, everyone chooses the way that makes us feel good.’
    • ‘Context and class determine the choice between modern and traditional clothes.’
    • ‘CJ is given a choice between her job and Danny and she chooses her job without a second's hesitation.’
    • ‘When they're given a choice between freedom and tyranny, they choose freedom.’
    • ‘When given the choice between swimming or drowning, choose swimming every time.’
    • ‘It will almost certainly come down to a choice between which of two groups of advisers you choose to believe.’
    • ‘I had a choice between cancelling my appointment, or attempting the journey with one mirror.’
    option, alternative, possibility, possible course of action
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The right or ability to choose:
      ‘I had to do it, I had no choice’
      • ‘And, of course, greater freedom and choice bring new tensions into play.’
      • ‘Let's not agonise over the people's choice in an election where no choice was offered.’
      • ‘In short, the ifeminist calls for freedom, choice, and personal responsibility.’
      • ‘The complaint is frequently made that voters have little real choice at election time because the parties are all alike.’
      • ‘The American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want.’
      • ‘Freedom and choice are wonderful things that allow us to realize our human potential.’
      • ‘Of course, people will still debate whether, if women had real choice, they might choose sex work.’
      • ‘In reality, it is the schools that choose, and parental choice becomes almost meaningless.’
      • ‘They do not introduce real, meaningful choice and freedoms which are required for foundation hospitals to work effectively.’
      • ‘Very few Americans with any choice will choose to live in a place where they have to share a bathroom.’
      • ‘We are concerned about the people and their ability to have choice.’
      • ‘In this case, the player has the choice of making the range either all the cards of that rank or all the cards of that suit.’
      • ‘For a man who says he favors human freedom and choice, McKibben is awfully eager to limit both.’
      • ‘By allowing residents from across west London to choose where they want to live we are giving more choice, more freedom and more flexibility.’
      • ‘They also posit that creative leadership is just as much about choice as ability.’
      • ‘Science alone should not be given the task of answering questions about freedom and choice.’
      • ‘These conditions constrain choice rather than offering freedom.’
      • ‘Diversity is not just freedom and choice; it is also disorientation and fragmentation.’
      • ‘Within my home country I have little freedom or choice, and would rather live elsewhere.’
      • ‘What rubbish, we live in a country where we have freedom of speech and choice.’
      selection, choosing, picking
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    2. 1.2 A range of possibilities from which one or more may be chosen:
      ‘you can have a sofa made in a choice of forty fabrics’
      • ‘I note the council's arguments about the value of the surplus in assuring a choice and range of sites.’
      • ‘All this background conveniently provides the key players with motives for murder, but it also leaves a choice of possible victims.’
      • ‘There is a reasonable choice ranging between salmon to chicken with burgers and sandwiches in between.’
      • ‘For some commentators, however, simply selecting from a choice of options does not mean interactivity.’
      • ‘The offspring may be presented with a fait accompli, or possibly a choice of partner, but it is made clear she has to marry.’
      • ‘Have you ever, when considering what to buy a friend for Christmas, made your choice of a price range by reference to the value of what they bought you last year?’
      • ‘Where there was royal or wealthy patronage the choice could range from a grand audience chamber to an intimate drawing-room.’
      • ‘Apple's laptop range offers a choice of screen sizes, optical drives and processor speeds.’
      • ‘Bathrooms have electric showers and a select choice of tiling and shower curtain options.’
      • ‘Consumers should be afforded a choice insofar as possible through increased competition.’
      • ‘The choices will range from low risk to medium risk managed funds invested in a mix of equities.’
      • ‘There is a choice of cottages ranging from one to four bedrooms.’
      • ‘In fact, people living near Weld now have choices that were not possible until recently.’
      • ‘The choice of bar can range from a close-knit pub setting to a party animal's dream.’
      • ‘Walkers set off from Cudham village on a choice of routes ranging from three to eight miles.’
      • ‘The Boeing business jet also comes with a choice of interior decoration ranging from the basic to sumptuous.’
      • ‘With the closed question, the respondent is given a limited choice of possible answers.’
      • ‘I have my choice of activities, ranging from kayaking and sailing to snorkeling and shelling.’
      • ‘We've reduced our choice of possible destinations to two.’
      • ‘With an ever growing range of options for shoppers the choice has never been better.’
      selection, choosing, picking
      range, variety, selection, assortment
      option, alternative, possibility, possible course of action
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    3. 1.3 A thing or person which is chosen:
      ‘this disk drive is the perfect choice for your computer’
      • ‘A true lover of art, culture and literature, he has proved himself to be a perfect choice as the Trust's chairman.’
      • ‘Yeah, the bloke who'd been so badly injured they'd pulled him off the pitch would have been the perfect choice to take an important spot kick.’
      • ‘At first glance, Jackson seems an unlikely choice for such a high - profile and expensive undertaking.’
      • ‘Schreiber is the perfect choice for the part, anonymous enough to blend into every crowd yet distinctive enough to register.’
      • ‘Residential property seems an unlikely choice for small investors.’
      • ‘If you had to pick just one pop song to illustrate just how great the medium can be, this would be a perfect choice.’
      • ‘In reality this island is actually a perfect choice for any family with teenagers.’
      • ‘Living alone, and with no family, they had deemed him a perfect choice to carry out their attack.’
      • ‘Sam Raimi is revealed to be the perfect choice to direct this film.’
      • ‘Philip Glass is the perfect choice to provide a soundtrack to a film about the life of Virginia Woolf.’
      • ‘Hooray for Gotham, though - a perfect choice by someone who knew what they were doing.’
      • ‘Bovell was the perfect choice to oversee the soundtrack project and incidental music.’
      • ‘The flight prize was an easy choice for the leading lawman with a long-standing interest in aviation.’
      • ‘Particularly, chopsticks are also a good choice when people send presents to relatives and friends.’
      • ‘Why are Al Green's 1970s soul singles still the perfect choice for a dark bar or a wedding dance?’
      • ‘And platinum, because of its subdued, understated style, becomes the perfect choice.’
      • ‘Garry was an ideal choice to present the prize on behalf of the slimming group because he lost two stones through their plan earlier this year.’
      • ‘A perfect choice for an album closer, this track would be an ideal candidate for second release.’
      • ‘You might think me an unlikely choice as I have never held even a minor office in the Catholic Church, but I think I might be quite good at it anyway.’
      • ‘In any event, you are the perfect choice to represent this President overseas.’
      appointee
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adjective

  • 1(especially of food) of very good quality:

    ‘he picked some choice early plums’
    • ‘It savored a few choice morsels from the CSS and actually rendered them properly.’
    • ‘Sweet but not cloying, it's a choice dessert for health-conscious diners.’
    • ‘In blind taste tests consumers have rated the taste and texture of ostrich steaks equal to choice beef loin steaks.’
    • ‘Mostly the Dutch just got started earlier, so they snapped up some of the choice cargoes.’
    • ‘It is said that he came to this little town with but ten dollars, ten potatoes and few choice books.’
    • ‘She sprang on the deer the moment that Temer pulled back and started feasting on some of the choice meat.’
    • ‘Live From Dakota contains plenty of tracks from the most recent album, as well as some choice selections from the back catalogue.’
    • ‘Next, all the bunny needs is patience, a little tender loving care and a few choice spices.’
    • ‘The old West European empires were quick to snap up the choice leftovers of Ottoman rule in the Middle East.’
    • ‘There was a huge harvest to be reaped, and every good reason for him to have a choice slice of it.’
    • ‘Analyses of variance were used to compare food choice motives and the importance of family meals in each culture.’
    • ‘The show also features choice morsels of mayhem from Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Richard III.’
    • ‘Ice cream cups and soup bowls made of shells are choice items for friends.’
    • ‘It is considered very polite to occasionally select a choice morsel for the person sitting beside you or to place it on his or her plate.’
    • ‘After Mass the guests were treated to refreshments, soup, sandwiches and a variety of other choice foods.’
    • ‘Sometimes you'll see one holding a choice morsel in both hands, like a child clutching a big apple.’
    • ‘It was a big change, she was less timid now that she had to fight to get the choice piece of meat she had cooked and make her way around the ship.’
    • ‘If you've never thought of anything but coffee as your cup of tea, try these ten choice selections.’
    • ‘And it was another of his controversial selections who stepped up to prove himself a choice pick.’
    • ‘Then he would eat his favourite food by picking off choice meat off of the bone of extra rare chicken tikkas.’
    well chosen, well put, well expressed
    superior, first-class, first-rate, prime, premier, grade a, best, finest, excellent, select, quality, high-quality, top, top-quality, high-grade, of the first water, prize, special, exclusive, hand-picked, carefully chosen, vintage, fine
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  • 2(of words or language) rude and abusive:

    ‘he had a few choice words at his command’
    • ‘At least the Brazilian is admitting it and has this week, in typical Elber fashion, offered a few choice words on the Bayern predicament.’
    • ‘I wrote a rather nasty post which involved some rather choice words.’
    • ‘The roads were unbelievable with the weather making them so slippy and James had a few choice words.’
    • ‘Grumbling, Lacey finally emerged from the undergrowth with a few choice words for Alaindar.’
    • ‘He greeted Warne with a few choice words when he went in to bat on the Friday afternoon.’
    • ‘He denounced my son Tim's plan to move to New York City with some very choice language.’
    • ‘And he has a few choice words for the endless number of academies and centres of excellence.’
    • ‘Kirby was up to his old tricks against his former county, running down the pitch and eyeballing the batsman as well as passing on a few choice words.’
    • ‘Sample a few choice words, throw them in scare quotes and repeat.’
    • ‘It devotes nearly a chapter to Walsh and his crusade, and Lance chips in a few choice words about the man too.’
    • ‘Keane reacted angrily to a tackle from David Beckham and after pushing the England captain his manager had a few choice words.’
    • ‘We were both ready to jump on the salesman and end up being arrested for assault but left with a few choice words from Debbie!’
    • ‘The family was forced to move, and Yeats sent Lady Gregory a few choice words about his idolized beloved.’
    • ‘His forwards had a few choice words for him on that one.’
    • ‘You can imagine the way I felt and a few choice words were said.’
    • ‘As my gaiters filled top down with slime, I uttered a few choice words but was not unduly alarmed.’
    • ‘Federico whips around and delivers a few choice words in Spanish.’
    • ‘But during his brief tenure, Thomson has had choice words for both the government and the opposition.’
    • ‘One old school manager described a half-time talk that involved choice words and threats of violence.’
    • ‘Now he is taking a leave of absence, and had a few choice words for the newspaper.’
    rude, abusive, insulting, offensive, unprintable
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French chois, from choisir choose, of Germanic origin and related to choose.

Pronunciation:

choice

/tʃɔɪs/