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Interest, subst. (dissyll.; but at the end of the verse sometimes trisyll.: Sonn. 74, 3. Merch. I, 3, 76. H4A IV, 3, 49. H6A V, 4, 167. R3 IV, 4, 323), 1) concern, advantage: “no more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom i.” Mcb. I, 2, 64. “I bar it in the i. of my wife,” Lr. V, 3, 85.
2) share, participation: “my life hath in this line some i. which for memorial still with thee shall stay,” Sonn. 74, 3. “if ever love had i. in his liver,” Ado IV, 1, 233. “you claim no i. in any of our towns of garrison,” H6A V, 4, 167. “so much i. have I in thy sorrow,” R3 II, 2, 47. “I have an i. in your hate's proceeding,” Rom. III, 1, 193. “since my lord hath i. in them, I will keep them in my bedchamber,” Cymb. I, 6, 195. “what's thy i. in this sad wreck?” IV, 2, 365.
3) right, claim: “how many a tear hath love stolen from mine eye as i. of the dead,” Sonn. 31, 7. “let the tongue of war plead for our i. and our being here,” John V, 2, 165. “the shes of Italy should not betray mine i. and his honour,” Cymb. I, 3, 30. With in: “he hath no i. in me,” As V, 1, 8 (Audrey's speech, rather ambiguous). With to: “acquainted me with i. to this land,” John V, 2, 89. “he hath more worthy i. to the state than thou,” H4A III, 2, 98. “to whose young love the vines of France and milk of Burgundy strive to be i.” Lr. I, 1, 87 (the respective riches of the two countries vie with each other to found a claim to the love of Cordelia. M. Edd. interessed).*
4) possession, property: “thy i. was not bought basely with gold, but stolen from forth thy gate,” Lucr. 1067. “in the i. of thy bed a stranger came,” Lucr. 1067 “do not take away my sorrow's i.” Lucr. 1067 “if that the youth of my new i. here have power to bid you welcome,” Merch. III, 2, 224. “the unowed i. of proud-swelling state,” John IV, 3, 147. “all your i. in those territories is utterly bereft you,” H6B III, 1, 84. “where life hath no more i. but to breathe,” Tit. III, 1, 250. “we will divest us, both of rule, i. of territory, cares of state,” Lr. I, 1, 51.
5) profit derived from money lent, usury: “my well-known thrift, which he calls i.” Merch. I, 3, 52. Merch. I, 3, 52 Merch. I, 3, 52 Tim. I, 2, 206. III, 4, 52. III, 5, 108 (upon i.). Metaphorically: Ven. 210. Gent. II, 1, 108. H4A IV, 3, 49. R3 IV, 4, 323.
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