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word sb. (4 is freq. in ordinary phrases)
1. “at a word,” to be brief, in short Wiv. I. i. 109, Ado II. i. 120, Cor. I. iii. 122 “go along with us.—No, at a , madam” ; so “with a word” 1H4 II. iv. 287; in phr. expressing prompt decision or action Wiv. I. iii. 14 “I am at a word; follow,” 2H4 III. ii. 322 “Go to; I have spoke at a word” (=you may depend upon me), Cæs. I. ii. 270 “if I would not have taken him at a word” ; cf. Cæs. I. ii. 104 “Upon the word . . . I plunged in.”
3. “have, give, maintain w-s, break” or “change a , come to w-s, spend for ,” hold conversation Gent. II. iv. 42, Err. III. i. 75, LLL. V. ii. 239, Tw.N. IV. ii. 109, Cæs. V. i. 25, Ham. I. iii. 134, Ant. II. vi. 3.
4. promise, assurance Gent. II. iv. 44 “you have an exchequer of words,” All'sW. II. i. 213 “If thou proceed As high as word” (=if your actions tally with your undertaking).
5. “the word,” the inspired word, Holy Writ, Wiv. III. i. 44, R2 V. v. 13, 2H4 IV. ii. 10 “Turning the word to sword” ; so “The words of heaven” Meas. I. ii. 131.
6. motto Per. II. ii. 21 “The word, Lux tua vita mihi,” &c.
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