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From aus- +‎ erkiesen, from Middle High German erkiesen, from Old High German arkiosan. Compare English choose, Dutch kiezen.


auserkiesen (class 2 strong, third-person singular simple present erkiest aus, past tense erkor aus, past participle auserkoren, past subjunctive erköre aus, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To choose

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Auserkiesen (along with its synonym erkiesen) is the only example of a defective verb in modern standard German: Its past participle and (to a lesser extent) preterite forms are still in limited use, while the infinitive and present forms are wholly obsolete, and not known to nor understood by most native speakers.


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