Definition of choice in English:



  • 1An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.

    ‘the choice between good and evil’
    • ‘Other findings showed that consumers wanted to be able to make an informed choice between GM and non-GM food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I take it that you don't see this as an easy choice between these two men.’
    • ‘Any information that can be reduced to a choice between two or more possibilities can be expressed using bits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The capacity of consumers to drive efficiency can be undermined by an inability to make an informed choice between plans.’
    • ‘He had to make a choice between art and parenthood, and he ultimately chose art.’
    • ‘When given the choice between swimming or drowning, choose swimming every time.’
    • ‘When they're given a choice between freedom and tyranny, they choose freedom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I said my mom gave me a choice between Seattle and the beach and that I chose Seattle.’
    • ‘Given the choice between withdrawing or dying, he would almost certainly choose the former.’
    • ‘So from now on, where I have a choice between the two, I know who I'm choosing.’
    • ‘Users will now be given the possibility of a choice between different suppliers at an earlier time.’
    • ‘CJ is given a choice between her job and Danny and she chooses her job without a second's hesitation.’
    • ‘We forget that when people are given a choice between freedom and tyranny, they will choose freedom.’
    • ‘It has not created a polarized choice between spoken and printed information.’
    • ‘I had a choice between cancelling my appointment, or attempting the journey with one mirror.’
    • ‘It will almost certainly come down to a choice between which of two groups of advisers you choose to believe.’
    option, alternative, possibility, possible course of action
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    1. 1.1 The right or ability to make, or possibility of making, such a selection.
      ‘I had to do it, I had no choice’
      • ‘And, of course, greater freedom and choice bring new tensions into play.’
      • ‘Within my home country I have little freedom or choice, and would rather live elsewhere.’
      • ‘For a man who says he favors human freedom and choice, McKibben is awfully eager to limit both.’
      • ‘They do not introduce real, meaningful choice and freedoms which are required for foundation hospitals to work effectively.’
      • ‘Freedom and choice are wonderful things that allow us to realize our human potential.’
      • ‘Very few Americans with any choice will choose to live in a place where they have to share a bathroom.’
      • ‘In reality, it is the schools that choose, and parental choice becomes almost meaningless.’
      • ‘They also posit that creative leadership is just as much about choice as ability.’
      • ‘What rubbish, we live in a country where we have freedom of speech and choice.’
      • ‘By allowing residents from across west London to choose where they want to live we are giving more choice, more freedom and more flexibility.’
      • ‘The American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want.’
      • ‘We are concerned about the people and their ability to have choice.’
      • ‘Diversity is not just freedom and choice; it is also disorientation and fragmentation.’
      • ‘Let's not agonise over the people's choice in an election where no choice was offered.’
      • ‘The complaint is frequently made that voters have little real choice at election time because the parties are all alike.’
      • ‘Of course, people will still debate whether, if women had real choice, they might choose sex work.’
      • ‘In short, the ifeminist calls for freedom, choice, and personal responsibility.’
      • ‘These conditions constrain choice rather than offering freedom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Science alone should not be given the task of answering questions about freedom and choice.’
      selection, choosing, picking
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    2. 1.2 A range of possibilities from which one or more may be selected.
      ‘you can have a sofa made to order in a choice of over forty fabrics’
      • ‘There is a reasonable choice ranging between salmon to chicken with burgers and sandwiches in between.’
      • ‘All this background conveniently provides the key players with motives for murder, but it also leaves a choice of possible victims.’
      • ‘I note the council's arguments about the value of the surplus in assuring a choice and range of sites.’
      • ‘Consumers should be afforded a choice insofar as possible through increased competition.’
      • ‘I have my choice of activities, ranging from kayaking and sailing to snorkeling and shelling.’
      • ‘In fact, people living near Weld now have choices that were not possible until recently.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For some commentators, however, simply selecting from a choice of options does not mean interactivity.’
      • ‘Bathrooms have electric showers and a select choice of tiling and shower curtain options.’
      • ‘We've reduced our choice of possible destinations to two.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The offspring may be presented with a fait accompli, or possibly a choice of partner, but it is made clear she has to marry.’
      • ‘With the closed question, the respondent is given a limited choice of possible answers.’
      • ‘The choice of bar can range from a close-knit pub setting to a party animal's dream.’
      • ‘The choices will range from low risk to medium risk managed funds invested in a mix of equities.’
      • ‘Apple's laptop range offers a choice of screen sizes, optical drives and processor speeds.’
      • ‘There is a choice of cottages ranging from one to four bedrooms.’
      • ‘With an ever growing range of options for shoppers the choice has never been better.’
      selection, choosing, picking
      option, alternative, possibility, possible course of action
      range, variety, selection, assortment
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    3. 1.3 A course of action, thing, or person that is selected or decided upon.
      ‘this CD drive is the perfect choice for your computer’
      • ‘In any event, you are the perfect choice to represent this President overseas.’
      • ‘The flight prize was an easy choice for the leading lawman with a long-standing interest in aviation.’
      • ‘Philip Glass is the perfect choice to provide a soundtrack to a film about the life of Virginia Woolf.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you had to pick just one pop song to illustrate just how great the medium can be, this would be a perfect choice.’
      • ‘Residential property seems an unlikely choice for small investors.’
      • ‘Hooray for Gotham, though - a perfect choice by someone who knew what they were doing.’
      • ‘At first glance, Jackson seems an unlikely choice for such a high - profile and expensive undertaking.’
      • ‘Bovell was the perfect choice to oversee the soundtrack project and incidental music.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Schreiber is the perfect choice for the part, anonymous enough to blend into every crowd yet distinctive enough to register.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In reality this island is actually a perfect choice for any family with teenagers.’
      • ‘Sam Raimi is revealed to be the perfect choice to direct this film.’
      • ‘A perfect choice for an album closer, this track would be an ideal candidate for second release.’
      • ‘A true lover of art, culture and literature, he has proved himself to be a perfect choice as the Trust's chairman.’
      • ‘And platinum, because of its subdued, understated style, becomes the perfect choice.’
      • ‘Living alone, and with no family, they had deemed him a perfect choice to carry out their attack.’
      • ‘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.’
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  • 1(especially of food) of very good quality.

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

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

    • Of one's own volition.

      • ‘If you're going to write, you might as well know the rules, so then if you break them, at least it will be by choice.’
      • ‘You love change and use it to your advantage, whether by choice or by chance.’
      • ‘For these and other reasons, some journalists covered the war unilaterally by choice.’
      • ‘The only acceptable defence used to be, ‘I am a virgin by choice - but not my own’.’
      • ‘Not the place you would want to work by choice, but our intrepid weather officer just needs a little more time.’
      • ‘There was no starving to death by choice or through circumstance, only hunger.’
      • ‘Out of an office of eight recruiters, only one of them was there by choice.’
      • ‘Yet, they insist, they are performers by birth and caste, not by choice.’
      • ‘By choice you came to this land and by choice you're fighting for this country and that is extraordinary.’
      • ‘I know plenty of couples who are childless by choice, and will remain that way.’
      voluntarily, of one's own accord, of one's own free will, of one's own volition, of one's own choice, of one's own choosing, by preference
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  • of choice

    • Selected as one's favorite or the best.

      ‘champagne was his drink of choice’
      • ‘No rationale exists for selecting nimesulide as the first drug of choice for fever or pain.’
      • ‘Officers are the snipers' target of choice, so nobody wears overt marks of rank.’
      • ‘Finally each predicts the hands on the trophy and the winner buys dinner at their restaurant of choice.’
      • ‘LSD, his drug of choice, soon took over his life and his performance in the band declined.’
      • ‘Tea is now the Big Yin's drink of choice, having eschewed alcohol in all its forms for many years.’
      • ‘Their drink of choice is lager, and lots of it, but they down a lot of coke too.’
      • ‘American whiskey has always been the drink of choice for the fashionable rebel.’
      • ‘Crystal meth is fast becoming the drug of choice for many looking for a cheap and easy high.’
      • ‘Tea appears to be the drink of choice for individuals wishing to preserve the health of their bones.’
      • ‘The 2.55 quickly established itself as the bag of choice for chic women the world over.’
      best-loved, most-liked, favoured, dearest, treasured, pet, special, closest to one's heart
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  • of one's choice

    • That one chooses or has chosen.

      ‘the college of her choice’
      • ‘For many the news will be good, confirming that they can now go to the university or college of their choice.’
      • ‘The mother, named only as Sheila, spoke of her dilemma as she described how delighted her daughter was when she found she had received a place in the college of her choice in a different part of the country.’
      • ‘Apparently it's all about people's right to choose the sausage roll of their choice.’
      • ‘In short, hers is the power to choose the mate of her choice.’
      • ‘So even if your child does everything right, she or he may not get into the college of their choice.’
      • ‘Only students who have passed both tests can enroll in the college of their choice.’
      • ‘And I, uh, gave lots of money to the religion of my choice, AND their chosen political party.’
      • ‘I thought it would be something lame, but the moment everyone was in the classroom, our teacher led us outside and told us to choose a weapon of our choice.’
      • ‘Today I come out of my own will to choose freely the candidate of my choice for the first and last time in my life.’
      • ‘Some of the questions they ask range from potential college majors to schools of your choice.’


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