|1.||[ verb ] pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives|
|Synonyms:||select take pick_out|
"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
|Related terms:||decide adopt vote elect pick specify assign draw elect single_out sift vote_in nominate side sieve field cream_off cull_out screen sieve_out go dial think_of excerpt empanel choice|
|2.||[ verb ] select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative|
|Synonyms:||prefer opt_for opt|
"I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant" "She opted for the job on the East coast"
|Related terms:||opt_out choice compare|
|3.||[ verb ] see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way|
"She chose not to attend classes and now she failed the exam"