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Estate, subst. 1) condition, situation: “his letter there will show you his e.” Merch. III, 2, 239. “my e. is very low,” Merch. III, 2, 239 “I will forget the condition of my e., to rejoice in yours,” As I, 2, 17. “labouring art can never ransom nature from her inaidible e.” All's II, 1, 122. Wint. V, 2, 159. H5 IV, 1, 99. H6B III, 1, 206. H6C III, 3, 150. IV, 3, 18. H8 V, 1, 74. Rom. III, 3, 63. Lr. V, 3, 209. Ant. V, 2, 152. Cymb. V, 5, 74.
2) state, peculiar form of existence: “when I came to man's e.” Tw. V, 402. “showing, as in a model, our firm e.” R2 III, 4, 42. “it gives me an e. of seven years' health,” Cor. II, 1, 125. “supported his e.” Tim. III, 2, 76. “and wish the e. o' the world were now undone,” Mcb. V, 5, 50. Hence all --s == all kinds of people: LLL V, 2, 855. R3 III, 7, 213.
3) interest, affairs: “know man from man, dispute his own e.” Wint. IV, 4, 411. “we sin against our own e., when we may profit meet, and come too late,” Tim. V, 1, 44. Especially == public interest, state-affairs, interest of government: “how wildly then walks my e. in France,” John IV, 2, 128. “the e. is green and yet ungoverned,” R3 II, 2, 127. “business of e.” H8 II, 2, 70. “the terms of our e. may not endure hazard so dangerous,” Hml. III, 3, 5.
4) rank, dignity: and was, according to his e., royally entertained, Lucr. Arg. Hml. III, 3, 5 “for that he coloured with his high e.” Lucr. 92. Merch. II, 9, 41. Shr. III, 2, 102. All's I, 3, 117. Tw. I, 2, 44. H6A I, 2, 75. Hml. V, 1, 244. Cymb. V, 5, 22. Per. IV, 4, 14. == royal dignity: “we will establish our e. upon our eldest,” Mcb. I, 4, 37. “he poisons him in the garden for his e.” Hml. III, 2, 273.
5) fortune, property, possessions: Merch. I, 1, 43. Merch. I, 1, 43 All's II, 3, 182. III, 7, 4. Tw. I, 3, 116. I, 5, 278. Wint. IV, 2, 46. H4B I, 3, 53. H8 I, 1, 82. Tim. I, 1, 119. II, 2, 150. II, 2, 150 III, 2, 7. III, 3, 5. IV, 3, 521. V, 1, 44. Cymb. I, 4, 119. Cymb. I, 4, 119 Per. IV, 2, 36.
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