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choose (one) as (something)
To select someone for a particular role or job. Whom has he chosen as his successor?
choose (someone or something) for (someone or something)
1. To select someone for a particular job or role. Whom has the supervisor chosen for the vacant position? I can't believe the coach chose me for pitcher!
2. To select something for someone, as of a gift. I chose that plant for him because I thought he liked to garden—I didn't realize that he's allergic to daisies!
choose among (people or things)
To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose among these candidates for someone to fill the position.
choose between (two people or things)
To select one person or thing from two options. We will choose between the two best candidates for the job. I'm exhausted because I had to choose between sleep or finishing this paper last night.
choose from (people or things)
To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose from these candidates for someone to fill the position.
1. To ally or agree with one person or group in an argument. I refuse to choose sides between my two daughters! I didn't intend to choose sides, but Nancy made the stronger case.
2. To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose sides!
To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up!
choose up sides
To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up sides!
many are called, but few are chosen
A lot of people attempt to achieve or attain something, but only a select few will actually be successful. Our country is predicated upon the belief that any man or woman can find fortune if they simply work hard enough. Many are called, but few are chosen, though. We have one of the most prestigious programs in the country for musical theory, but competition for the few places we offer can be fierce—many are called, but few are chosen.
take the path less chosen
To choose the less popular or common option. I took the path less chosen when I decided not to go to college, unlike all of my siblings. Quitting your job to do art full-time is certainly taking the path less chosen, but has it made you any happier?
the chosen few
A select group of individuals who receive preferential treatment or an elevated status. The phrase sometimes implies the belief that the treatment or status is arbitrary or undeserved. It's like the only people who can become politicians are the chosen few who come from the same universities and have the same last names.
choose (up) sides
to select from a group to be on opposing sides for a debate, fight, or game. (Fixed order.) Let's choose up sides and play basketball. The children chose up sides and began the game.
Many are called but few are chosen.
Prov. Many people may answer a call for something, but only a few people are finally selected. (Biblical.) When it comes to getting into a good college, many are called but few are chosen.
Select players and form sides for a game or team, as in Jean was always afraid she'd be last when it was time to choose up. [First half of 1900s]
To select players and form sides, teams, or some other group for a game or competition: The two captains chose up sides for the baseball game.