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Compass, vb., 1) to make circular, to bend in the form of a circle: “to be --ed, like a good bilbo, in the circumference of a peck,” Wiv. III, 5, 112. Compassed, adjectively, == round, arched: “his --ed crest,” Ven. 272. “with a small --ed cape,” Shr. IV, 3, 140. “the --ed window,” Troil. I, 2, 120.
2) to encircle, to surround: “all the blessings of a glad father c. thee about,” Tp. V, 180. she is too “big, I hope, for me to c.” Err. IV, 1, 111 (quibble). “Alençon, Reignier c. him about,” H6A IV, 4, 27. “a lady fairer than ever Greek did c. in his arms,” Troil. I, 3, 276. “I see thee --ed with thy kingdom's pearl,” Mcb. V, 8, 56.
3) to go round: “we the globe can c. soon,” Mids. IV, 1, 102.
4) to obtain, to get possession of: “things out of hope are --ed oft with venturing,” Ven. 567. “that his foul thoughts might c. his fair fair,” Lucr. 346. “to c. her I'll use my skill,” Gentl. II, 4, 214. IV, 2, 92. “he --ed a motion of the Prodigal Son,” Wint. IV, 3, 102. H5 IV, 1, 311. Oth. I, 3, 367. II, 1, 244. Per. I, 1, 24.
5) to bring about, to effect: “how now shall this be --ed?” Tp. III, 2, 66. “the knave bragged of that he could not c.” Wiv. III, 3, 212. “that were hard to c.” Tw. I, 2, 44. “to c. wonders,” H6A V, 4, 48.
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