From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishchoicechoice1 /tʃɔɪs/ ●●●S1W1 noun1ABILITY TO CHOOSE[countable, uncountable]CHOOSE if you have a choice, you can choose between several things → choosechoice betweenVoters have a choice between three main political parties.choice ofYou have a choice of hotel or self-catering accommodation.He has to make some important choices.They gave us no choice in the matter.2RANGE TO CHOOSE FROM[singular, uncountable]CHOOSE the range of people or things that you can choose fromIt was a small shop and there wasn’t much choice.choice ofThere is a choice of four different colours.We offer a wide choice of wines and beers.spoilt for choice British EnglishConsumers these days are spoilt for choice (=have a lot of things to choose from).3THING CHOSEN[countable]CHOOSE the person or thing that someone chooseschoice ofI don’t really like her choice of jewellery.I think London was a good choice as a venue.somebody’s first/second choiceMy first choice of college was Stanford.4 →by choice5 →the something of your choice6 →the something of choice →Hobson's choiceCOLLOCATIONSverbshave a choiceStudents have a choice between German and Spanish.make a choice (=choose something)One of our course advisors can help you to make your choice.give somebody a choiceHer doctor gave her a choice: take medicine or lose weight. be faced with a choiceHe was faced with a difficult choice.have no choice (but to do something)The men had no choice but to obey.leave somebody with no choiceI was left with no choice but to resign.exercise your choice formal (=make a choice – used especially when talking about someone using their right to choose)Everyone should have the right to exercise choice in matters of relationships.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + choicethe right/wrong choiceI think you’ve made the right choice.a difficult choiceIt was a very difficult choice for me.a stark choice (=a choice between two unpleasant things that you must make)We faced a stark choice: steal or starve.(a) free choiceStudents have an entirely free choice of what to study at university.an informed choice (=a choice based on knowledge of the facts about something)The patient should have enough information to make an informed choice.consumer choice (=the opportunity for people to choose between different products)I believe in free trade and consumer choice.parental choiceThe aim is to extend parental choice in education.phrasesfreedom of choicePatients should have more freedom of choice.given the choice (=if you had a choice)Given the choice, I probably wouldn’t work.have no choice in the matterThe village people had no choice in the matter.
THESAURUSchoice: choice ofThe school seems OK, but there isn’t a great choice of courses. | have a choice (=be able to choose from several things)With her high grades and athletic skill, Celeste had her choice of colleges. | have no choice but to do something (=to be forced to do something because there is nothing else you can choose)Spooner says he had no choice but to file for bankruptcy. | wide choice (=a lot of things to choose from)There is a wide choice of hotels and hostels in the town.option one of the things that you can choose to do in a particular situationHe basically has two options: he can have the surgery, or he can give up playing football. | keep/leave your options open (=delay choosing so that you continue to have several things to choose from)I haven’t signed any contracts yet – I want to keep my options open.alternative one of two or more ways of doing somethingDid you consider other alternatives before you moved in with Lucy? | alternative toThere is no practical alternative to our current policy. | have no alternative (=to not have a choice)He says he doesn’t want to see a doctor, but I’m afraid he has no alternative.
THESAURUSchoice something or someone that has been chosenMaria was very pleased with her choice. | first/second/third choice (=the thing you wanted most, the thing you wanted most after that etc)Greece was our first choice for a vacation, but all the flights were full. | somebody’s choice ofI don’t like his choice of friends.selection a small group of the best things that have been chosen from a larger group: selection ofShe showed me a selection of her drawings.a selection of songs from ‘West Side Story’