From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Choose \Choose\, v. i.
   1. To make a selection; to decide.
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            They had only to choose between implicit obedience
            and open rebellion.                   --Prescott.
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   2. To do otherwise. "Can I choose but smile?" --Pope.
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   Can not choose but, must necessarily.
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            Thou canst not choose but know who I am. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Choose \Choose\, v. t. [imp. Chose; p. p. Chosen, Chose
   (Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Choosing.] [OE. chesen, cheosen,
   AS. ce['o]san; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen,
   Icel. kj[=o]sa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare to taste, Gr. ?,
   Skr. jush to enjoy. [root]46. Cf. Choice, 2d Gust.]
   1. To make choice of; to select; to take by way of preference
      from two or more objects offered; to elect; as, to choose
      the least of two evils.
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            Choose me for a humble friend.        --Pope.
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   2. To wish; to desire; to prefer. [Colloq.]
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            The landlady now returned to know if we did not
            choose a more genteel apartment.      --Goldsmith.
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   To choose sides. See under Side.

   Syn: Syn. - To select; prefer; elect; adopt; follow.

   Usage: To Choose, Prefer, Elect. To choose is the
          generic term, and denotes to take or fix upon by an
          act of the will, especially in accordance with a
          decision of the judgment. To prefer is to choose or
          favor one thing as compared with, and more desirable
          than, another, or more in accordance with one's tastes
          and feelings. To elect is to choose or select for some
          office, employment, use, privilege, etc., especially
          by the concurrent vote or voice of a sufficient number
          of electors. To choose a profession; to prefer private
          life to a public one; to elect members of Congress.
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