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Look, where my abridgment comes.

Hamlet, ü. 2. This fierce abridgment Hath to it circumstantial branches, which Distinction should be rich in. Cymbeline, v. 5.

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ABLE. Strong ; active; competent.
Be able for thine enemy rather in power than use.

All's well that ends well, i. 1. And such other gambol faculties he has, that show a weak mind and an able body.

Henry 4, P. 2, ii. 4. If heaven had pleas'd to have given me longer life And able means, we had not parted thus.

Henry 8, iv. 2. To ABLE. To uphold ; to justify.

None does offend, none,-I say, none; I'll able'em :
Take that of me, my friend, who have the power

To seal the accuser's lips. King Lear, iv. 6. ABODE. Delay; tarriance; stay.

Especially that of Cleopatra's, which wholly depends on your abode. Antony and Cleopatra, i. 2. Sweet friends, your patience for my long abode.

Merchant of Venice, ii. 5. To ABODE. To bode ; to portend.

That this tempest,
Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded

The sudden breach on't.

Henry 8, i. 1. The night-crow cried, aboding luckless time.

Henry 6, P. 3, v. 6. ABODEMENT. Omen ; prodigy. Tush, man; abodements must not now affright us.

Henry 6, P. 3, iv. 7. ABORTIVE. An abortion ; a monstrous birth.

And call them meteors, prodigies, and signs,
Abortives, presages, and tongues of heaven,
Plainly denouncing vengeance upon John.

King John, iii. 4. ABORTIVE. Untimely; born prematurely;

Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive, rooting hog!

Richard 3, i. 3.
Remember it, and let it make thee crest-fallin;
Ay, and allay this thy abortive pride.

Henry 6, P. 2, iv. 1. ABOUT. To the point; to the

About, my brain !

Hamlet, ii. 2. ABRIDGMENT. A drama; a

A drama ; a play; an ab-
stract; a summary.
Say, what abridgment have you for this evening?
What masque? what music ?

Midsummer-Night's Dream, v. 1.

ABROACH. A-foot; in action.

The secret mischiefs that I set abroach
I lay unto the grievous charge of others,

Richard 3, i. 3.
Would he abuse the countenance of the king,
Alack, what mischiefs might he set abroach,

In shadow of such greatness ! Henry 4, P. 2, iv. 2. ABROAD. Broadly; wide open.

His hands abroad display'd, as one that grasp'd
And tugg'd for life, and was by strength subdu'd.

Henry 6, P. 2, iii. 2. To A BROOK. To brook; to endure.

Sweet Nell, ill can thy noble mind abrook
The abject people gazing on thy face
With envious looks, still laughing at thy shame.

Henry 6, P. 2, ii. 4. ABRUPTION. Interruption ; pause.

What should they grant? what makes this pretty abruption ?

Troilus and Cressida, iii. 2. ABSOLUTE. Complete ; perfect; resolved ; cer

tain; positive.
The wicked'st caitiff on the ground
May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute
As Angelo.

Measure for Measure, v. 1.
Therefore, most absolute sir, if thou wilt have
The leading of thine own revenges, take
The one half of my commission. Coriolanus, iv. 5.

Believe me, an absolute gentleman, full of most excellent differences.

Hamlet, v. 2.
Be absolute for death; either death or life
Shall thereby be the sweeter.

Measure for Measure, iii. 1.
I am absolute 'twas very Cloten. Cymbeline, iv. 2.
How absolute the knave is !

Hamlet, v. 1. ABSTRACT. An epitome; an abridgment; a table; a schedule.

I have to-night dispatched sixteen businesses a month's length apiece, by an abstract of success.

All's well that ends well, iv. 3.
You shall find there
A man who is the abstract of all faults
That all men follow. Antony and Cleopatra, i. 4.

Let them be well used; for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time. Hamlet, ii, 2.

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Brief abstract and record of tedious days.

ACADEME. Academy.
Richard 3, iv. 4.

They are the books, the arts, the academes,
He hath an abstract for the remembrance of such

That show, contain, and nourish all the world, places, and goes to them by his note.

Else none at all in aught proves excellent.
Merry Wives of Windsor, iv. 2.

Love's Labour's lost, iv. 3. ABUSE. Deceit ; trick; artifice ; corrupt prac- | ACCEPT. Acceptance; assent.

; tice ; offence.

Pleaseth your grace
This is a strange abuse. Let's see thy face.

To appoint some of your council presently
Measure for Measure, v. 1.

To sit with us once more, with better heed
Victorious Talbot ! pardon my abuse.

To re-survey them, we will suddenly
Henry 6, P. 1, ii. 3.

Pass our accept and peremptory answer.
For the poor abuses of the time want countenance.

Henry 5, v. 2. Henry 4, P. 1, i. 2. I will be deaf to pleading and excuses ;

To ACCITE. To induce; to call; to summon. Nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses.

And what accites your most worshipful thought Romeo and Juliet, iii. 1. to think so ?

Henry 4, P. 2, ii. 2. To ABUSE. To bring shame upon; to dis

Our coronation done, we will accite,

As I before remember'd, all our state. grace; to impose upon ; to deceive.

Ibid. P. 2, v. 2. Thou never hadst renown, nor canst not lose it.— Yes, your renowned name : shall flight abuse it ? To ACCOMMODATE. To furnish; to supply;

Henry 6, P. 1, iv. 5.

to dress up; to deck. The people are abus'd; set on. This paltering

But who comes here? Becomes not Rome.

Coriolanus, iii. 1.

The safer sense will ne'er accommodate Fair day-light I am mightily abus'd.

His master thus.

King Lear, iv. 6. King Lear, iv. 7. Old fools are babes again; and must be us'd

ACCOMMODATED. Advantaged ; favoured. With checks as flatteries, — when they are seen abus'd.

Ibid. i. 3.

These three,
Is there not charms

Accommodated by the place, more charming
By which the property of youth and maidhood

With their own nobleness,—which could have turn'd May be abus'd ?

Othello, i. 1. A distaff to a lance,-gilded pale looks,
Yea, and perhaps,

Part shame, part spirit renew'd. Cymbeline, v. 3.
Out of my weakness and my melancholy,
Abuses me to damn me.

Hamlet, ï. 2.

ACCOMMODATIONS. Necessaries; conveniences;

food, clothing, 8c. ABUSED. Disfigured.

Thou art not noble;
Poor soul, thy face is much abus'd with tears.

For all the accommodations that thou bear'st
Romeo and Juliet, iv. 1. Are nurs'd by baseness.

Measure for Measure, iï. 1. To Aby. To buy; to pay for.

Disparage not the faith thou dost not know, ACCOMPLICE. A friend ; a companion ; an Lest, to thy peril, thou aby it dear.

ally. Midsummer-Night's Dream, iii. 2.

Success unto our valiant general, ABYSM. Abyss.

And happiness to his accomplices !

Henry 6, P. 1, v. 2. What see'st thou else In the dark backward and abysm of time?

To ACCOMPLISH. To furnish; to adorn; to

Tempest, i. 2. When my good stars, that were my former guides,

deck; to obtain; to gain; to win. Have empty left their orbs, and shot their fires

His face thou hast, for even so look'd he,
Into the abysm of hell.

Accomplish'd with the number of thy hours.
Antony and Cleopatra, iii. 13.

Richard 2, ii. 1.

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TO ACHIEVE. To gain; to win; to obtain. With busy hammers closing rivets up,

I got a promise of this fair one here,
Give dreadful note of preparation.

To have her love, provided that your fortune
Henry 5, ü. Chorus.

Achiev'd her mistress. Merchant of Venice, iii. 2.
O miserable thought ! and more unlikely

If I begin the battery once again,
Than to accomplish twenty golden crowns !

I will not leave the half-achieved Harfleur
Henry 6, P. 3, iii. 2.

Till in her ashes she lie buried. Henry 5, iii. 2.
ACCOMPT. Value; weight;

Value ; weight; importance.

pray thee, bear my former answer back :
Bid them achieve me, and then sell my

bones. I talk not of your soul: our compellid sins

Ibid. iv. 3. Stand more for number than accompt.

Measure for Measure, ii. 4. To Acknow. To confess; to acknowledge. ACCORD. Wish; desire.

Be not acknown on't; I have use for it.
Then let your will attend on their accords.

Othello, iii. 3.
Comedy of Errors, ii. 1.

ACONITUM. The aconite, or monk's-hood.
ACCORDING. Accordingly.

Though it do work as strong Thou art said to have a stubborn soul,

As aconitum or rash gunpowder. That apprehends no further than this world,

Henry 4, P. 2, iv. 4.
And squar’st thy life according.

ACQUIT. Acquitted.
Measure for Measure, v. 1.

Courageous Richmond, well hast thou acquit thee.
ACCORDINGLY. Equally; correspondingly.

Richard 3, v. 3. I do assure you he is very great in knowledge, and To ACQUIT. To quit; to be rid of; to release. accordingly valiant. All's well that ends well, ii. 5.

I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder-box.
To Accost. To approach; to salute; to woo.

Merry Wives of Windsor, i. 3.
I will acquit you.

Twelfth Night, iii. 4.
Accost, Sir Andrew, accost. Twelfth-Night, i. 3.
ACCOSTING. Solicitation ; courtship; wooing. ACQUITTANCE. Forgiveness ; pardon.

. 0, these encounterers, so glib of tongue,

Now must your conscience my acquittance seal.
That give accosting welcome ere it comes !

Hamlet, iv. 7.
Troilus and Cressida, iv. 5. To ACQUITTANCE. To release; to discharge ;
ACCOUNTANT. Responsible ; amenable ; ac- to acquit.

But if black scandal or foul-fac'd reproach
And his offence is so, as it appears,

Attend the sequel of your imposition,
Accountant to the law upon that pain.

Your mere enforcement shall acquittance me
Measure for Measure, ii. 4.

From all the impure blots and stains thereof.
Though peradventure

Richard 3, üi. 7.
I stand accountant for as great a sin. Othello, ii. 1.

Act. Action ; operation ; activity. ACCUSE. Accusation.

But on us both did haggish age


on, And doggèd York, that reaches at the moon,

And wore us out of act. All's well that ends well, i. 2. Whose overweening arm I have pluck'd back,

Dangerous conceits are, in their natures, poisons,
By false accuse doth level at my life.

Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,
Henry 6, P. 2, ii. 1. But, with a little act upon the blood,

Burn like the mines of sulphur. Othello, ii. 3.
To ACCUSE. To blame; to censure; to call to

I will try the forces account; to impeach; to suspect.

Of these thy compounds on such creatures as And for thy life let justice be accus'd.

We count not worth the hanging, Merchant of Venice, iv. 1. To try the vigour of them, and apply Let not my cold words here accuse my zeal.

Allayments to their act.

Cymbeline, i. 5.
Richard 2, i. 1.

Whilst they, distill'd
Who being accus'd a crafty murderer.

Almost to jelly with the act of fear,
Henry 6, P. 2, iü. 1. Stand dumb, and speak not to him. Hamlet, i. 2.

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A shepherd's daughter,
And what to her adheres, which follows after,
Is the argument of time.

Winter's Tale, iv. Chorus.
And sure I am two men there are not living
To whom he more adheres.

Hamlet, ii. 2.

To Adjoin. To join together; to unite.

It is a massy wheel,
To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things
Are mortis’d and adjoin'd.

Hamlet, iii. 3.

ADJUNCT. Coupled with; consequent upon.

So well, that what you bid me undertake,
Though that my death were adjunct to my act,
By heaven, I would do it. King John, iii. 3.

To Act. To enforce; to execute.

Here is a hand to hold a sceptre up,
And with the same to act controlling laws.

Henry 6, P. 2, v. 1. ACTION. Accusation ; charge; probation.

The bloody book of law
You shall yourself read in the bitter letter,
After your own sense; yea, though our proper son
Stood in your

Othello, i. 3.
This action I now go on is for my

better grace.

Winter's Tale, ii. 1. ADAMANT. The magnet.

As true as steel, as plantage to the moon,
As iron to adamant, as earth to the centre.

Troilus and Cressida, iii. 2. ADDICTION. Inclination.

Some to dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what sport and revels his addiction leads him.

Othello, ii. 2. ADDITION. Name; title; distinction; honour; ;

Where great additions swell us, and virtue none,
It is a dropsied honour. All's well that ends well, ii. 3.
He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor;
In which addition, hail, most worthy thane !

Macbeth, i. 3.
This man, lady, hath robbed many beasts of their
particular additions. Troilus and Cressida, i. 2.
I do attend here on the general,
And think it no addition, nor my wish,
To have him see me woman'd. Othello, iii. 4.
Truly to speak, and with no addition,
We go to gain a little patch of ground,
That hath no profit in it but the name.

Hamlet, iv. 4.
To ADDRESS. To prepare ; to get ready.
I will then address me to my appointment.

Merry Wives of Windsor, iï. 5.
Our navy is address'd, our power collected.

Henry 4, P. 2, iv. 4.
I do not speak of flight, of fear, of death,
But dare all imminence that gods and men
Address their dangers in.

Troilus and Cressida, v. 10.

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TO ADHERE. To fit; to be suitable; to belong; to incline to; to esteem.

Nor time nor place
Did then adhere, and yet you would make both.

Macbeth, i. 7.

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ADOPTION. Addition; imposition; possession; inheritance; acquisition.

I shall not only receive this villanous wrong, but stand under the adoption of abominable terms.

Merry Wives of Windsor, ii. 2.

Yes, and in time,
When she had fitted you with her craft, to work
Her son into the adoption of the crown.

Cymbeline, v. 5. · ADOPTIOUS. Adopted.

With a world
Of pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms,
That blinking Cupid gossips.

All's well that ends well, i. 1.

Though we seemed dead, we did but sleep; advantage is a better soldier than rashness.

Henry 5, iii. 5.
Advantage feeds him fat while men delay.

Henry 4, P. 1, iii. 2.
For where there is advantage to be ta’en,
Both more and less have given him the revolt.

Macbeth, v. 4.
That none so small advantage shall step forth
To check his reign, but they will cherish it.

King John, iii. 4. To ADVANTAGE. To benefit; to profit.

Stand fast, good Fate, to his hanging ! make the

rope of his destiny our cable, for our own doth little advantage !

Tempest, i. 2. By this is your brother saved, your honour untainted, the poor Mariana advantaged, and the corrupt deputy foiled. Measure for Measure, iii. 1.

Convey what I will set down to my lady: it shall advantage thee more than ever the bearing of letter did.

Twelfth Night, iv. 2.

ADORNINGS. Decorations ; ornaments.

Her gentlewomen tended her i' the eyes,
And made their bends adornings.

Antony and Cleopatra, ii. 2. ADULTERATE. Adulterous.

And the beholders of this frantic play,
The adulterate Hastings, Rivers, Vaughan, Grey,
Untimely smother'd in their dusky graves.

Richard 3, iv. 4.
Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast.

Hamlet, i. 5. To ADULTERATE. To be guilty of adultery.

But Fortune, O!
She is corrupted, chang'd, and won from thee;
She adulterates hourly with thine uncle John.

King John, iii. 1. To ADVANCE. To prefer; to dignify; to lift

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Look you, my good lord,
I must entreat you, honour me so much
As to advance this jewel. Timon of Athens, i. 2.
Filling the air with swords advanc'd and darts.

Coriolanus, i. 6.
Which being advanc'd, declines, and then men die.

Ibid. ii. 1. Advanc'd their eyelids, lifted up

their noses As they smelt music.

Tempest, iv. 1. ADVANTAGE. Amplification ; exaggeration ;

stratagem; policy; occasion; opportunity.
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day Henry 5, iv. 3.
You go so much backward when you fight.-
That's for advantage. All's well that ends well, i. 1.

TO ADVERTISE. To teach ; to make known ; to inform.

But I do bend my speech
To one that can my part in him advertise.

Measure for Measure, i. 1.
We are advertis'd by our loving friends
That they do hold their course toward Tewksbury.

Henry 6, P. 3, v. 3.



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