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Doubt, vb. 1) to hesitate to believe; a) absol.: “I d.” Meas. I, 4, 77. “wherefore should I d.?” Shr. IV, 4, 107. R3 II, 4, 22. Cor. I, 6, 68. Tim. IV, 3, 514. Hml. II, 2, 116. “I d. whether their legs be worth the sums,” I, 2, 238. “I not d.” Tp. II, 1, 121. V, 303. “I d. not,” Meas. IV, 2, 209. Tw. II, 3, 185. H6B IV, 9, 46. “d. not,” Shr. I, 1, 63. H4A IV, 4, 33. “d. thou not,” Troil. V, 3, 35. “I do not d.” Merch. I, 1, 149. “do not d.” John V, 2, 180. “I do nothing d.” Cymb. I, 4, 106.
b) Followed by of: “crowning the present, --ing of the rest,” Sonn. 115, 12. John I, 63. H5 II, 2, 184. H6A I, 1, 100. H6B IV, 8, 54. H6C I, 2, 73. IV, 7, 87. Caes. III, 1, 183. Lr. IV, 7, 24.
c) Used negatively and followed by but: “let it not be --ed but he'll come,” Wiv. IV, 4, 43. “d. not but she will well excuse . . .,” Err. III, 1, 92. Ado IV, 1, 236. All's IV, 4, 18. Wint. III, 2, 31. H4B IV, 4, 11. H5 II, 2, 187. R3 III, 5, 64. V, 2, 19. Cor. II, 1, 217. Cor. II, 1, 217 Per. IV, 6, 196. Per. IV, 6, 196 Followed by but that: “I do not d. but that my noble master will appear such,” Caes. IV, 2, 11. By an infinitive preceded by but: “I d. not but to fashion it,” Ado II, 1, 384. Mids. IV, 2, 44. Tw. V, 316. R2 V, 2, 115. H4A II, 2, 14. H6A II, 5, 126.
d) Followed by an accus.: “so high a hope that even ambition cannot pierce a wink beyond, but d. discovery there,” Tp. II, 1, 243 (== d. of what it sees there). “--ing thy birth and lawful progeny,” H6A III, 3, 61. “you do not d. my faith?” H8 II, 1, 143. “they nothing d. prevailing,” Cor. I, 3, 111. “nothing --ing your present assistance,” Tim. III, 1, 20. “I do not d. thy faith,” Per. I, 2, 111. “I d. it not,” Err. IV, 1, 84. Ado I, 1, 47. Shr. II, 75. IV, 1, 15. H6B I, 4, 48. Rom. III, 4, 14. Tim. V, 1, 95. Mcb. V, 4, 2. Hml. I, 2, 41. Ant. III, 7, 1. “doctors d. that,” Wiv. V, 5, 184. As V, 4, 44. John II, 193. H5 II, 2, 20. Cor. I, 2, 30. Tim. III, 6, 57. “which I d. not,” H5 III, 1, 28.
2) to distrust: “fearful to do a thing where I the issue --ed,” Wint. I, 2, 259. “I do not d. you,” H4B IV, 2, 77. “I speak not this as --ing any here,” H6C V, 4, 43. “his looks I fear, and his intents I d.” Rom. V, 3, 44. “unto bad causes swear such creatures as men d.” Caes. II, 1, 132. “he is not --ed,” IV, 2, 13. “and begin to d. the equivocation of the fiend,” Mcb. V, 5, 43. “who dotes, yet --s,” Oth. III, 3, 170.
3) to suspect, to fear; a) followed by an accus.: “you that love the fundamental part of state more than you d. the change on't,” Cor. III, 1, 152. “I d. some foul play,” Hml. I, 2, 256. “my general will forget my love and service. Do not d. that,” Oth. III, 3, 19.
b) followed by a clause: “I d. he be not well,” Wiv. I, 4, 42. “--ing the filching age will steal his treasure,” Sonn. 75, 6. “I d. we should have been too young for them,” Ado V, 1, 118. “I d. my uncle practises more harm to me,” John IV, 1, 19. IV, 2, 102. V, 6, 44. H4A I, 2, 203. H4B V, 5, 122. H6C IV, 3, 19. H8 I, 2, 158. Troil. I, 2, 302. Tit. II, 3, 68. Mcb. IV, 2, 67. Hml. II, 2, 56. III, 1, 174. Lr. V. 1, 6. Followed by lest: “--ing lest that he had erred,” Per. I, 3, 22. By an inf.: “d. truth to be a liar,” Hml. II, 2, 118.
c) I d. me == I fear me, I fear: Tim. I, 2, 159.
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