choice1 W1S1 [tʃɔıs] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: chois, from choisir 'to choose']
1.) [U and C]
if you have a choice, you can choose between several things
→↑choose choice between
Voters have a choice between three main political parties.
choice of
You have a choice of hotel or self-catering accommodation.
You have a choice - you can stay here on your own or you can come with us.
She was faced with an agonizing choice .
We must encourage children to exercise choice and make their own decisions.
He has to make some important choices .
The booklet is supposed to help parents make informed choices (=good choices because they have the right information) for their children.
They gave us no choice in the matter.
We had no choice but to destroy the animal.
You have left me with no choice .
2.) [singular]
the range of people or things that you can choose from
It was a small shop and there wasn't much choice.
choice of
There is a choice of four different colours.
We offer a wide choice of wines and beers.
Consumers these days are spoilt for choice (=have a lot of things to choose from) . BrE
the person or thing that someone chooses
choice of
I don't really like her choice of jewellery.
I think London was a good choice as a venue.
4.) by choice
if you do something by choice, you do it because you want to do it and not because you are forced to do it
She lives alone by choice.
5.) the sth of your choice
the person or thing of your choice is the one that you would most like to choose
Many children are not able to go to the school of their choice.
6.) the sth of choice
the thing of choice is the one that people prefer to use
It is the drug of choice for this type of illness.
choice 2
choice2 adj
1.) [only before noun] formal
choice food is of very good quality
choice steak
We select only the choicest apples for our pies.
2.) a few choice words/phrases
if you use a few choice words, you say exactly what you mean in an angry way
He told us what he thought of the idea in a few choice words.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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