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Chus(e, Chuis(e, v. Also: chous(s). [Orig. a variant spelling of Chose, Chois, v. In later use prob. associated with Eng. chuse, the vowel of which is difficult to explain.] tr. To choose.(a) 1533 Boece i. iii. 37 b.
Ane ambassadour from Spane desyrit the pepill to chuis ane king
a1568 Scott xxviii. 23.
Go chus ane vdir and forȝet hir
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. liii. 13.
Than chus ȝow ane of thais, I rek not ader
1556 Lauder Off. Kings 278.
Attend … quhow ȝe sulde chuse ȝour pastoris that suld precheing vse
Ib. 285, etc. Id. Minor P. i. 681.
Tha did nocht swa, bot bitter death tha chusit
a1578 Pitsc. II. 121/7.
Parliament … chuisit sex lordis to pas in France
Ib. 227/5.
Thair thay chuised ane new pryour
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 121.
They … all in ane voce elected and chused the said Alexander as provest
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxxxiii. 54.
He tuik the onlye for thy gear, And thow chust him for lance and speir
1592 Acts III. 594/1.
Quhair thai sall pleis to chuis
1619 Garden Elphinston 2190.
What was meitest fund, … that his lecture chuis't
1622-6 Bisset II. 269/28.
The auld counsall suld chuise the new counsall ȝeirlie, and al togidder … suld chuise provest, baillies [etc.]
1643 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 2.
The councell … nominats and chuises Robert Cruikshank … to agent and doe the said busines
1646 Irvine Mun. II. 64.
Ay as we chuse our awin deaconis
(b) 1571 Lanark B. Rec. 59.
The provest wes choussing ane ouittounsman and na induollar
1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 43.
The foirnamit personis electit, nominat, and chousit the said … commissioners

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