From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .
To pick; to make the choice of; to select.
*:The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
To decide to act in a certain way.
To wish; to desire; to prefer.
*(Oliver Goldsmith) (1730-1774)
*:The landlady now returned to know if we did not choose a more genteel apartment.
* This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See
(mathematics) The binomial coefficient of the previous and following number.
- The number of distinct subsets of size ''k'' from a set of size ''n'' is or "''n'' choose ''k''".
From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) .
(dialectal, or, obsolete) The act of choosing; selection.
(dialectal, or, obsolete) The power, right, or privilege of choosing; election.
(dialectal, or, obsolete) Scope for choice.
To cheat, to trick.
* '', 1853, J. Forster (editor), ''The Works of Walter Savage Landor , Volume 1,
(US, regional) To handle, to take care of.
* 1980 , John R. Erickson, Panhandle Cowboy ,
- I cannot think otherwise than that the undertaker of the aforecited poesy hath choused your Highness; for I have seen painted, I know not where, the identically same Dian, with full as many nymphs, as he calls them, and more dogs.
- This gave the roundup the appearance of a cavalry charge, and a stranger observing the procedure for the first time might have thought we were a bunch of green, possibly drunken cowboys making sport out of chousing' cattle. But we weren't ' chousing them, we were just trying to keep them in sight, and for a very good reason.
* (cheat) cheat, trick
One who is easily cheated; a gullible person.
A trick; a sham.
- (Ben Jonson)