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Meaning, subst. 1) sense; thought in any manner expressed or suggested: “his m. struck her ere his words begun,” Ven. 462. “could pick no m. from their parling looks,” Lucr. 100. “when thou didst not know thine own m.” Tp. I, 2, 356. “there's m. in thy snores,” II, 1, 218. Wiv. I, 1, 263. Err. II, 1, 51. III, 2, 36. Ado II, 3, 267. III, 4, 80. V, 1, 230. LLL III, 59. V, 2, 19. V, 2, 19 Merch. I, 2, 34. I, 3, 15. III, 5, 64. Shr. IV, 4, 79. V, 2, 30. John IV, 2, 212. H5 I, 2, 240. III, 6, 53. V, 2, 334. H6A III, 2, 24. H6C IV, 5, 22. R3 I, 3, 74. I, 4, 95. IV, 4, 261. H8 IV, 2, 39. Tit. II, 3, 271. II, 4, 3. III, 2, 45. Hml. II, 1, 31. to take the m. == to understand what another means: “would not take her m. nor her pleasure,” Pilgr. 154. “love takes the m. in love's conference,” Mids. II, 2, 46. “take our good m.” Rom. I, 4, 46. Plur. --s: “speakest thou in sober --s?” As V, 2, 76. “two --s in one word,” R3 III, 1, 83. “I have fair --s,” Ant. II, 6, 67.
Used of the signification of a word: Tw. I, 3, 62. Of the solution of a riddle: “now behold the m.” All's V, 3, 305. Cymb. V, 5, 434. Per. I, 1, 109.
2) intention, purpose: “he hath some m. in his mad attire,” Shr. III, 2, 126. “my m. in't was very honest,” All's IV, 3, 246. “'tis not my m. to raze one title of your honour out,” R2 II, 3, 74. H4B IV, 2, 58. H6C IV, 7, 60. R3 III, 5, 55. Tim. V, 4, 59. Lr. V, 3, 4. “I am no honest man if there be any good m. towards you,” Lr. I, 2, 190.
== opinion, in the language of Sir Hugh: Wiv. I, 1, 263. cf. “mean” Tp. II, 1, 21 & Cymb. IV, 1, 9.
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