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Commodity, 1) convenience: “the c. that strangers have with us in Venice,” Merch. III, 3, 27. “to me can life be no c.” Wint. III, 2, 94.
2) profit, advantage: that smooth-faced gentleman, tickling c., c., the bias of the world etc. John II, 573 etc. “break faith upon c.” John II, 573 “our mere defects prove our --ies,” Lr. IV, 1, 23. “I will turn diseases to c.” H4B I, 2, 278.
3) merchandize: “some offer me --ies to buy,” Err. IV, 3, 6. “we are like to prove a goodly c., being taken up of these men's bills,” Ado III, 3, 190. Ado III, 3, 190 cf. the same quibble: “take up --ies upon our bills,” H6B IV, 7, 135. “neither have I money nor c. to raise a sum,” Merch. I, 1, 178. “'twas a c. lay fretting by you,” Shr. II, 330. “'tis a c. will lose the gloss,” All's I, 1, 166. “our credit comes not in like the c., nor the c. wages not with the danger,” Per. IV, 2, 34.
4) quantity of wares, parcel: “he is in for a c. of brown paper and old ginger,” Meas. IV, 3, 5. “now Jove, in his next c. of hair, send thee a beard,” Tw. III, 1, 50. “where a c. of good names were to be bought,” H4A I, 2, 93.* “such a c. of warm slaves,” IV, 2, 19.
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