[choh-zuh n] /ˈtʃoʊ zən/
a past participle of .
selected from several; preferred:
my chosen profession.
Theology. (def 9).
Japanese name of .
verb (used with object), chose; chosen or (Obsolete) chose; choosing.
to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference:
She chose Sunday for her departure.
to prefer or decide (to do something):
He chose to run for election.
to want; desire:
I choose moving to the city.
(especially in children’s games) to contend with (an opponent) to decide, as by , who will do something:
I’ll choose you to see who gets to bat first.
verb (used without object), chose; chosen or (Obsolete) chose; choosing.
to make a , or select from two or more possibilities:
Accepted by several colleges, the boy chose carefully.
to be inclined:
You may stay here, if you choose.
(especially in children’s games) to decide, as by means of odd or even, who will do something:
Let’s choose to see who bats first.
cannot choose but, cannot do otherwise than; is or are obliged to:
He cannot choose but obey.
the past participle of choose
selected or picked out, esp for some special quality
the official name for Korea when it was a Japanese province (1910–45)
verb chooses, choosing, chose, chosen
to select (a person, thing, course of action, etc) from a number of alternatives
(transitive; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to consider it desirable or proper: I don’t choose to read that book
(intransitive) to like; please: you may stand if you choose
cannot choose but, to be obliged to: we cannot choose but vote for him
nothing to choose between, little to choose between, (of two people or objects) almost equal
“the elect, the select,” especially those selected by God, c.1200, from past participle of choose (v.). Chosen people for “the Jews” is recorded from 1530s.
Old English ceosan “choose, seek out, select; decide, test, taste, try; accept, approve” (class II strong verb; past tense ceas, past participle coren), from Proto-Germanic *keus- (cf. Old Frisian kiasa, Old Saxon kiosan, Dutch kiezen, Old High German kiosan, German kiesen, Old Norse kjosa, Gothic kiusan “choose,” Gothic kausjan “to taste, test”), from PIE root *geus- “to taste, relish” (see gusto). Only remotely related to choice. Variant spelling chuse is Middle English, very frequent 16c.-18c. The irregular past participle leveled out to chosen by 1200.
spoken of warriors (Ex. 15:4; Judg. 20:16), of the Hebrew nation (Ps. 105:43; Deut. 7:7), of Jerusalem as the seat of the temple (1 Kings 11:13). Christ is the “chosen” of God (Isa. 42:1); and the apostles are “chosen” for their work (Acts 10:41). It is said with regard to those who do not profit by their opportunities that “many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 20:16). (See ELECTION.)
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[choh-zuh n] /ˈtʃoʊ zən/ verb 1. a past participle of . adjective 2. selected from several; preferred: my chosen profession. 3. Theology. (def 9). noun 4. . /ˈtʃəʊzən/ verb 1. the past participle of choose adjective 2. selected or picked out, esp for some special quality /ˈtʃəʊˈsɛn/ noun 1. the official name for Korea when […]
[shohz] /ʃoʊz/ noun, Law. 1. a thing; an article of personal property. /tʃəʊz/ verb 1. the past tense of choose /ʃəʊz/ noun 1. (law) an article of personal property past tense of choose (q.v.).
noun, (often initial capital letters) 1. the Israelites. Ex. 19. plural noun 1. any of various peoples believing themselves to be chosen by God, esp the Jews A term applied to the Jews. According to the Old Testament, God chose the descendants of Abraham through the line of Isaac and Jacob — the ancestors of […]
[shaw-zeez-muh] /ʃɔˈziz mə/ noun 1. a writing style in which plot and characterization are de-emphasized and people, events, and setting are recorded as though seen by the author through the lens of a camera.