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Comfort, vb., to assist, to help: “god c. thy capacity,” LLL IV, 2, 45 (Holophernes' speech). dare less appear so (viz your loyal servant) “in --ing your evils, than such as most seem yours,” Wint. II, 3, 56. “why dost not c. me and help me out . . .,” Tit. II, 3, 209. “if I find him --ing the king,” Lr. III, 5, 21.
2) to console: “more widows than we bring men to c. them,” Tp. II, 1, 134. V, 147. Meas. IV, 3, 55. Err. III, 2, 26. Ado IV, 1, 339. LLL I, 2, 67. As II, 4, 6. H6A IV, 3, 15. H6B III, 2, 39. R3 II, 1, 139. IV, 4, 164 etc. etc. “Be --ed!” Mcb. IV, 3, 213. Lr. IV, 7, 78. Ant. IV, 15, 2. -- Absolutely: “--ing therein, that when old robes are worn out, there are members to make new,” Ant. I, 2, 170.
3) to encourage: “King Henry's issue, Richmond, --s thee,” R3 V, 3, 123. “live a little, c. a little, cheer thyself a little,” As II, 6, 5 (thyself being object to both verbs).
4) to cheer: “love --eth like sunshine after rain,” Ven. 799. “in his bright radiance and collateral light must I be --ed,” All's I, 1, 100. “he that --s my wife is the cherisher of my flesh and blood,” I, 3, 49. “entreat the north to c. me with cold,” John V, 7, 41. “to repair our nature with --ing repose,” H8 V, 1, 4. “to keep with you at meals, c. your bed,” Caes. II, 1, 284. “thy eyes do c. and not burn,” Lr. II, 4, 176. cf. Tim. V, 1, 134.
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