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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Custom(e, v. [ME. custome (1394). Cf. Custom(en. and Custum(e v.]

1. tr. To impose or collect custom on (goods). 1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 203.
Ane last hydis customit sall bring hame four vnce siluer
All vther merchandice that passis furth of the cuntre customit
1584 Conv. Burghs I. 193.
[Every] customer … ather [to] bring or send his customes, or at the leist sa mekill thairof as he salhappin to have customed
1587 Waus Corr. II. 401.
That … ye ernestlie solist the tollendar that he custome nane of these our schippis

2. To practise, make a habit of. 1603 Elgin Rec. II. 116.
William Tares forbidden to custome the doing of business on the Sabboth

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