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Entertain, vb. 1) to receive hospitably, to treat: was royally --ed and lodged by Lucrece, Lucr. Arg. In II, 3, 64 “in Tarquin's likeness I did e. thee,” In II, 3, 64 In II, 3, 64 Ado I, 3, 45. Shr. I, 1, 44. Tit. V, 3, 32. Tim. II, 2, 45.
2) to amuse: “approach, rich Ceres, her to e.” Tp. IV, 75. “to e. him with hope,” Wiv. II, 1, 68. “to e. them sprightly,” Wint. IV, 4, 53. “--ed me with mine own device,” Tim. I, 2, 155.
3) to receive in general: “since mine own doors refuse to e. me,” Err. III, 1, 120. then e. him, then forswear “him,” As III, 2, 436. “heaven, set ope thy everlasting gates, to e. my vows,” H6B IV, 9, 14. “burn, bonfires, to e. great England's lawful king,” V, 1, 4. there's few or none will e. it (viz conscience) R3 I, 4, 135. “Cancer when he burns with --ing great Hyperion,” Troil. II, 3, 207. “e. them, give them guide to us,” Tim. I, 1, 252. “let the presents be worthily --ed,” I, 2, 191. Even == to meet as an enemy: “O noble English, that could e. with half their forces the full pride of France,” H5 I, 2, 111.
4) to treat in general: “I'll e. myself like one that I am not acquainted withal,” Wiv. II, 1, 89. “thou with mildness --est thy wooers,” Shr. II, 252. “yet tellest thou not how thou wert --ed,” H6A I, 4, 38. “I am sorry that with reverence I did not e. thee as thou art,” II, 3, 72. “your highness is not --ed with that ceremonious affection,” Lr. I, 4, 63.
5) to enter into, to admit, not to refuse (Germ. eingehen auf etwas): “awake, thou Roman dame, and e. my love,” Lucr. 1629. cf. “if thou --est my love, let it appear in thy smiling,” Tw. II, 5, 159 (and perhaps As III, 2, 436). “I'll e. the offered fallacy,” Err. II, 2, 188. “how should that be? but e. it, and I will give thee all the world,” Ant. II, 7, 69.
6) to take or keep in service: “e. him to be my fellow-servant,” Gentl. II, 4, 104. Gentl. II, 4, 104 IV, 4, 68. IV, 4, 68 IV, 4, 68 “I will e. Bardolph,” Wiv. I, 3, 10. “as many devils e.” Wiv. I, 3, 10 “--ed for a perfumer,” Ado I, 3, 60. “--ed my convoy,” All's IV, 3, 103. “e. some score or two of tailors,” R3 I, 2, 257. Tim. IV, 3, 496. Caes. V, 5, 60. Lr. III, 6, 83. Cymb. IV, 2, 394.
7) to maintain, to keep: “he --ed a show so seeming just,” Lucr. 1514. “and do a wilful stillness e.” Merch. I, 1, 90. “I quake, lest thou a feverous life shouldst e.” Meas. III, 1, 75. “here we e. a solemn peace,” H6A V, 4, 175 (?).
8) to pass, to spend (time) agreeably: “the weary time she cannot e.” Lucr. 1361. “to e. the time with thoughts of love,” Sonn. 39, 11. “I play the noble housewife with the time, to e. it so merrily with a fool,” All's II, 2, 63. “it cannot be that the misplaced John should e. an hour, one minute, nay, one quiet breath of rest,” John III, 4, 133. “I could be well content to e. the lagend of my life with quiet hours,” H4A V, 1, 24. “to e. these fair well-spoken days,” R3 I, 1, 29.
9) to conceive, to harbour, to feel, to keep: “all --ed, each passion labours so,” Ven. 969. “when every grief is --ed that's offered,” Tp. II, 1, 16. “--ed ambition,” V, 75. --ed them (thy oaths) “deeply in her heart,” Gentl. V, 4, 102. “e. a cheerful disposition,” R2 II, 2, 4. e. no more of it (sorrow) H4B V, 2, 54. “now e. conjecture of a time,” H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. “e. good comfort,” R3 I, 3, 4. which (opinion) “--ed,” Troil. I, 3, 354. “had but newly --ed revenge,” Rom. III, 1, 176. “they have --ed cause enough to draw their swords,” Ant. II, 1, 46. -- In Per. II, 2, 14 M. Edd. explain, but this is no Shakespearian word. Read 'interpret'.
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