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English definition of “choice”

choice

noun uk   /tʃɔɪs/ us  

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).

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.

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 nursery care may well be the best choice for your child.

choice

adjective uk   /tʃɔɪs/ us  
of high quality: I had the the most expensive dish on the menu - a choice fillet of fish.
(Definition of choice from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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