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Consent, subst. 1) accord; a yielding of the mind or will to something proposed: “--s bewitched, ere he desire, have granted,” Compl. 131. “to seal our happiness with their --s,” Gentl. I, 3, 49. “not by my c.” Wiv. III, 2, 72. “the wealth I have waits on my c.” Wiv. III, 2, 72 III, 3, 116. Meas. II, 4, 161. IV, 1, 67. Mids. I, 1, 25. III, 2, 231. As V, 2, 15. All's V, 3, 69. John IV, 3, 135. H6B II, 4, 72. III, 1, 316. H6C II, 2, 88. II, 6, 102. Cor. III, 1, 201. Rom. I, 2, 17. Hml. I, 2, 60. Oth. I, 1, 122. “by c.” R2 I, 1, 128. “with c.” Shr. III, 2, 139. IV, 4, 47. to give c.: “I give c. to go along with you,” Gentl. IV, 3, 39. Lucr. 1854. Wiv. IV, 6, 45. All's II, 1, 156. R2 IV, 249. H6A V, 3, 136. V, 4, 124. V, 5, 23. H6C II, 6, 11. R3 III, 4, 40. “to yield c.:” H6C II, 2, 24. IV, 6, 36. IV, 6, 36 -- Followed by shall or should: “my c. that she should be your wife,” Mids. IV, 1, 163. “give c. thy daughter shall be wedded to my king,” H6A V, 3, 136. V, 4, 124. H6C II, 6, 11. R3 III, 4, 40. IV, 2, 23. Followed by “may:” H6A V, 5, 23. By the subjunctive: H8 V, 3, 53. By “to:” Lucr. 1854. All's II, 1, 156. H6C II, 1, 172.
2) vote, voice, counsel: “thou shouldst a husband take by my c., as I by thine a wife,” Wint. V, 3, 136. “by my c., we'll even let them alone,” H6A I, 2, 44. “I yield thee my free c.” H6C IV, 6, 36 (== I vote for thee). “if you shall cleave to my c., when 'tis, it shall make honour for you,” Mcb. II, 1, 25.
3) agreement, unity of opinion: with one c. they all vowed, Lucr. Arg. Mcb. II, 1, 25 Mcb. II, 1, 25 “do in c. shake hands to torture me,” Sonn. 28, 6. Shr. IV, 4, 35. H4B V, 1, 78. H5 I, 2, 181 (M. Edd. concent). 206 (M. Edd. concent). II, 2, 22. H6B I, 1, 42. Troil. III, 3, 176. Cor. V, 3, 71. Followed by of (== about): “their c. of one direct way should be at once to all the points o' the compass,” Cor. II, 3, 24.
4) concert, intelligence: “they fell together all, as by c.” Tp. II, 1, 203. here was a c. to dash it (our merriment) LLL V, 2, 460. “some villains of my court are of c. and sufferance in this,” As II, 2, 3.
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