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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Chose, Chois, v. Also: choys(e. [ME. chose, repr. OE. ceósan, variant of céosan Chese v.] tr. To choose, select.Properly a variant of Chuse v. with o, oi = u, ui, but occasional rhymes indicate ō as in the noun and adj., and the later examples of choise, which is common after 1640, may have had the English diphthong. Cf. Choice v.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xl. 256.
He chosit a place, thare-in to duel, Be the se-syd in Galoway
1513 Doug. vi. iii. 139.
The banys, walit by and naitly chosit, Choryneus in a brassyn twn hes closit
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 21.
I chosit rather to underly the opinioun of presumptioun in speking than of tressoun in silence
(b) 1513 Doug. xii. Prol. 222.
Do choys thé ane, and I sal quynch the lycht
1571 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 219.
The same deane and cheptoure … hes choisit … A.B. … in bischop and pastour to thame
a1578 Pitsc. I. 69/26.
The commonis of Ingland … choissit them ane Ireland man … to be ane cheiftane
c1600 Montg. Suppl. 206/33.
It is ȝour luif that I do chois [: refuis]
1603 Philotus 185.
Then may ȝe chois Unto ȝour garden to repois
1641 Dundee Chart. 54.
To that effect, clerkis, serjandis, and dempsteris … to elect and choyse
1673 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. IV. 56.
If they will not choise for themselves, that then yow doe choise for them
1684 Decis. Lords F. 58.
The Lords … ordained him to choise the lands he desired to possess
1703 Ayr & W. Coll. IV. 203.
Sir Alexander Cuninghame, Commissioner … , did … choyse Charles Barcley … , clerk

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