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Import, vb. 1) to carry with it, to have in it, to tend to, to imply: “it --s no reason that with such vehemency he should pursue faults proper to himself,” Meas. V, 108. “I have a motion much --s your good,” Meas. V, 108 “matters of great moment, no less --ing than our general good,” R3 III, 7, 68. “which --s at full, by letters congruing to that effect, the present death of Hamlet,” Hml. IV, 3, 65. “several sorts of reasons --ing Denmark's health,” V, 2, 21. “which --s to the kingdom so much fear and danger,” Lr. IV, 3, 5. “all great fears, which now i. their dangers,” Ant. II, 2, 135.
2) to convey, to express, to mean, to signify, to show: “to keep an adjunct to remember thee were to i. forgetfulness in me,” Sonn. 122, 14. “to be your prisoner should i. offending,” Wint. I, 2, 57. “comets --ing change of times and states,” H6A I, 1, 2. “belike this show --s the argument of the play,” Hml. III, 2, 149. “what --s this song?” IV, 5, 27. “his sables and his weeds, --ing health and graveness,” IV, 7, 82. “what --s the nomination of this gentleman?” V, 2, 133. “your looks are pale and wild and do i. some misadventure,” Rom. V, 1, 28. “his gesture --s it,” Oth. IV, 1, 142. “what doth your speech i.?” IV, 2, 31. “the fit and apt construction of thy name doth i. so much,” Cymb. V, 5, 445. Absol.: “her business looks in her with an --ing visage,” All's V, 3, 136 (full of meaning, significant).
3) to purport; absol.: “much more general than these lines i.” John IV, 3, 17. “unwelcome news came from the north, and thus it did i.” H4A I, 1, 51 (Ff report). “an inventory thus --ing,” H8 III, 2, 124. Trans.: “with letters of entreaty, which --ed his fellowship i' the cause,” Tim. V, 2, 11. “to pester us with message, --ing the surrender of those lands,” Hml. I, 2, 23. “what might i. my sister's letter to him?” Lr. IV, 5, 6. certain tidings now arrived, --ing the mere perdition “of the Turkish fleet,” Oth. II, 2, 3. “the one of them --s the death of Cassio to be undertook,” V, 2, 310.
4) to concern: “this letter is mistook, it --eth none here,” LLL IV, 1, 57. “with such things else of quality and respect as doth i. you,” Oth. I, 3, 284 (Q concern). And hence == to be of consequence, to be of importance: if you knew how much they (letters) “do i., you would make haste,” H4A IV, 4, 5. “it doth i. him much to speak with me,” Troil. IV, 2, 52. “what else more serious --eth thee to know,” Ant. I, 2, 125.
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