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Inform, 1) to form, to shape; absol.: “it is the bloody business which --s thus to mine eyes,” Mcb. II, 1, 48. trans: “the God of soldiers i. thy thoughts with nobleness,” Cor. V, 3, 71 (almost == inspire).
2) to instruct, to teach how to behave: “I shall i. them,” Cor. III, 3, 18. “nor can her heart i. her tongue,” Ant. III, 2, 48. “'twere good you leaned unto his sentence with what patience your wisdom may i. you,” Cymb. I, 1, 79. In Cor. III, 1, 47 the tribune takes the word in this sense.
3) to make acquainted, to communicate to, to tell: Tp. I, 2, 23. H4A I, 1, 104. H6A V, 1, 42. H8 V, 3, 17. Cor. III, 1, 47. Hml. I, 1, 79. Lr. II, 4, 99. Lr. II, 4, 99 Ant. III, 6, 20. Cymb. II, 3, 157. With “of:” Merch. IV, 1, 173. All's I, 3, 128. Wint. I, 2, 396. H6A I, 1, 105. Cor. II, 2, 162. Lr. I, 4, 360. II, 1, 104. II, 2, 174. II, 4, 104. IV, 2, 8. Oth. II, 3, 198. Cymb. IV, 2, 361. With a dependant clause: All's IV, 4, 8. V, 3, 26. V, 3, 26 H6A I, 4, 8. V, 4, 118. H6C IV, 4, 26. Ant. I, 4, 77.
Refl., == to know: “i. yourselves we need no more of your advice,” Wint. II, 1, 167.
4) to communicate, to report, to give intelligence of, to tell; trans.: “that let me i. you,” Meas. III, 2, 136. “haply thou mayst i. something to save thy life,” All's IV, 1, 91. “he did i. the truth,” Cor. I, 6, 42. Absol.: “a' will betray us all unto ourselves: i. on that,” All's IV, 1, 103. “who, were't so, would have --d for preparation,” Mcb. I, 5, 34 (would have given intelligence).
5) With against, == to communicate by way of accusation, to denounce: “what they will i. 'gainst any of us all, that will the king severely prosecute,” R2 II, 1, 242. “how all occasions do i. against me,” Hml. IV, 4, 32. “he --ed against him,” Lr. IV, 2, 93.
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