Meaning of “choice” in the English Dictionary

"choice" in British English

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choicenoun

uk /tʃɔɪs/ us /tʃɔɪs/

choice noun (ACT)

B1 [ C or U ] an act or the possibility of choosing:

If the product doesn't work, you are given the choice of a refund or a replacement.
It's a difficult choice to make.
It's your choice/The choice is yours (= only you can decide).
It was a choice between pain now or pain later, so I chose pain later.
Now you know all the facts, you can make an informed choice.
I'd prefer not to work but I don't have much choice (= this is not possible).
He had no choice but to accept (= he had to accept).
Is she single by choice?
Champagne is their drink of choice (= the one they most often drink).

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choice noun (VARIETY)

B1 [ S or U ] the range of different things from which you can choose:

There wasn't much choice on the menu.
The evening menu offers a wide choice of dishes.
The dress is available in a choice of colours.

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choice noun (PERSON/THING)

B1 [ C ] a person or thing that has been chosen or that can be chosen:

Harvard was not his first choice.
He wouldn't be my choice as a friend.
This type of day care may in fact be the best choice for your child.

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choiceadjective

uk /tʃɔɪs/ us /tʃɔɪs/

(Definition of “choice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"choice" in American English

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choicenoun

us /tʃɔɪs/

choice noun (ACT)

[ C/U ] an act of choosing; a decision:

[ C ] When you’re trying to cut the budget deficit, you’ve got to make tough choices.

choice noun (POSSIBILITY)

[ C/U ] the right to choose, or the possibility of choosing:

[ C ] Well, I still think people have a choice.
[ C ] Given a choice, what would you do?
[ C ] I asked if I could have a choice which science course to take.
[ U ] We have no choice but to drive to the airport (= That is the only thing we can do).

choice noun (VARIETY)

[ C ] a range of different things you can choose:

[ C ] A wide choice of colors is available in this size.

choice noun (PERSON/THING)

[ C ] a person or thing that has been chosen or that can be chosen:

She would be my first choice for the job.

choiceadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /tʃɔɪs/

choice adjective [ -er/-est only ] (EXCELLENT)

of high quality:

a choice cut of meat

(Definition of “choice” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"choice" in Business English

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choicenoun [ S or U ]

uk /tʃɔɪs/ us

a range of different things that are available to choose from:

a choice of sb/sth Finding the best bank account takes patience - there is a choice of more than 60.
a choice between sth and sth When employees have a choice between taking a pay cut or working more, they'd rather work more.
no choice but to do sth Many high-risk borrowers had no choice but to accept higher interest rates.
They offer only a limited choice of products.
a wide/extensive/greater choice
of choice (for sb/sth)

most popular or most commonly chosen for a particular purpose:

Freelancing has become the career of choice for many people.
of your choice

chosen by you:

You may sell your shares through a broker of your choice.

choiceadjective

uk /tʃɔɪs/ us

very good in quality, and worth having:

They bought a choice piece of real estate in the heart of the city.

(Definition of “choice” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)