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Breeding, 1) the bringing up, nurture: “she had her b. at my father's charge,” All's II, 3, 121 (cf. II, 2, 2). Lr. I, 1, 9. “let us swear that you are worth your b.” H5 III, 1, 28. “did these bones cost no more the b. but to play at loggats with 'em?” Hml. V, 1, 100. “who deserved so long a b. as his white beard came to,” Cymb. V, 3, 17 (== who deserved to live so long as to breed his long white beard).
2) education: “you are a gentleman of excellent b.” Wiv. II, 2, 234. Merch. II, 7, 33. As III, 2, 31. III, 3, 85. Tw. III, 4, 204. V, 331. Wint. IV, 4, 591 (741?). V, 2, 41. H4B II, 2, 39. H8 IV, 2, 134. Lr. III, 1, 40. V, 3, 143. Oth. I, 3, 240. Cymb. IV, 4, 26. Hence == good manners: “'tis my b. that gives me this bold show of courtesy,” Oth. II, 1, 99. And == knowledge, instruction: “my b. was as your highness knows,” Cymb. V, 5, 339.
3) in the language of low people, as it seems, == descent, extraction: “of what having, b.” Wint. IV, 4, 741. “honest gentleman, I know not your b.” H4B V, 3, 111.
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