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"choice" in American English

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choicenoun

 us   /tʃɔɪs/
  • choice noun (ACT)

[C/U] an act of choosing; a decision: [C] a difficult/easy choice [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/
of high quality: a choice cut of meat
(Definition of choice from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"choice" in Business English

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choicenoun [S or U]

uk   us   /tʃɔɪs/
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   us   /tʃɔɪs/
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)
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“choice” in Business English

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