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Choice, 1) the act of choosing, election: “but then woos best when most his c. is froward,” Ven. 570. “with a leavened and prepared c.” Meas. I, 1, 52. Mids. I, 1, 69. Mids. I, 1, 69 Mids. I, 1, 69 Mids. I, 1, 69 IV, 1, 141. Merch. II, 1, 13. II, 9, 15. II, 9, 15 Shr. I, 1, 138 “(there's small c. in rotten apples).” III, 1, 17. All's I, 3, 151. II, 3, 84. V, 3, 45. Wint. IV, 4, 319. Wint. IV, 4, 319 H6A V, 3, 125. Troil. I, 3, 348. Cor. II, 3, 105. Tit. I, 17. Tit. I, 17 Tit. I, 17 Rom. I, 2, 18. Hml. I, 3, 20. Hml. I, 3, 20 III, 2, 68. Oth. I, 3, 358. II, 1, 238. Per. II, 5, 18. Of a person's c. == chosen by a p.: “you have here, lady, and of your c., these reverend fathers,” H8 II, 4, 58. “five tribunes, of their own c.” Cor. I, 1, 220. At your c. == as you please: Cor. I, 9, 36. III, 2, 123. Lr. II, 4, 220. To make c. == to choose, to select: “now make your c.” Merch. II, 7, 3. III, 2, 43. H8 I, 4, 86. “make the c. of thy own time,” All's II, 1, 206. “make c.” II, 3, 78. “make c. of either's moiety,” Lr. I, 1, 7. “rather makes c. of loss,” Ant. III, 1, 23. “make c. of which your highness will see first,” Mids. V, 43. “make c. of whom your wisest friends you will,” Hml. IV, 5, 204. “made a worthy c.” H6C IV, 1, 3. “made a simple c.” Rom. II, 5, 38. “to make some meaner c.” Tit. II, 1, 73. To take c. == to choose at pleasure: “had I a sister were a grace, or a daughter a goddess, he should take his c.” Troil. I, 2, 258. “take your c. of those that best can aid your action,” Cor. I, 6, 65. “come, and take c. of all my library,” Tit. IV, 1, 34.
2) power of choosing, judgment: “sense to ecstasy was ne'er so thralled but it reserved some quantity of c., to serve in such a difference,” Hml. III, 4, 75.
3) the person or thing chosen: “this is my father's c.” Wiv. III, 4, 31. “your c. is not so rich in worth as beauty,” Wint. V, 1, 214. H4B I, 3, 87. H6A V, 1, 26. H6C IV, 1, 9. Tit. IV, 2, 78.
4) sufficient number to choose among: “ability in means and c. of friends,” Ado IV, 1, 201.
5) the best part, select assemblage: “a braver c. of dauntless spirits,” John II, 72. “so full-replete with c. of all delights,” H6A V, 5, 17. “this ring he holds in most rich c.” All's III, 7, 26 (== holds it in highest estimation). “men of c.” H4B I, 3, 11. Lr, I, 4, 285.
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