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Only, adv. 1) singly, with no other besides, alone: o. Collatinus finds his wife, Lucr. Arg. IV, 3, 22 “she was o. mine,” Lucr. 1798. “I never saw a woman, but o. Sycorax my dam and she,” Tp. III, 2, 109. Ado I, 1, 126. Mids. I, 1, 243. IV, 1, 176. Merch. IV, 1, 356. H6A I, 5, 8 etc. Transposed: “and o. must be wailed by Collatine,” Lucr. 1799 (== by Collatine only). “novelty is o. in request,” Meas. III, 2, 237 (== only novelty). “o. attended by Nerissa,” Merch. III, 4, 29. “judgment o. doth belong to thee,” H6B III, 2, 140 (== to thee only). “why o., Suffolk, mourn I not for thee?” H6B III, 2, 140
2) merely, barely: “o. to flatter fools,” Lucr. 1559. “o. me for thee,” Sonn. 125, 12. “my foolish rival that her father likes o. for his possessions are so huge,” Gent. II, 4, 175. II, 7, 82. II, 7, 82 III, 1, 276. Wiv. II, 1, 224. II, 2, 242. Meas. I, 2, 154. I, 3, 25. III, 1, 3. IV, 1, 43. Ado I, 3, 41. Mids. II, 1, 206. Merch. I, 1, 96. H4B IV, 5, 116 etc. Peculiar passages: I know not how I shall offend in dedicating my unpolished lines to your lordship, nor how the world will censure me for choosing so strong a prop to support so weak a burden, only, if your honour seem but pleased, I account myself highly praised, Ven. Dedic. 3 (i. e. only this I know). “Love no god, that would not extend his might, o. where qualities were level,” All's I, 3, 118 (used as if the sentence were not negative, but affirmative, == but). Not o. . . . but: “not o. with what my revenue yielded, but what my power might else exact,” Tp. I, 2, 98. IV, 209. Wiv. II, 2, 206. Wiv. II, 2, 206 IV, 2, 4. Meas. III, 1, 245 etc. but o. == only, but: “as if I did but o. chew his name,” Meas. II, 4, 5. “I intend but o. to surprise him,” H6C IV, 2, 25. o. but: “discourse grow commendable in none o. but parrots,” Merch. III, 5, 51. “your son had o. but the corpse,” H4B I, 1, 192. “he o. lived but till he was a man,” Mcb. V, 8, 40. Transposed: “o. he hath an eye to gaze on beauty,” Lucr. 496 (== only to gaze). this deed will make thee o. loved for fear, 610 (loved for fear only). “their virtue o. is their show,” Sonn. 54, 9. “o. my plague thus far I count my gain,” 141, 13. “he's a spirit of persuasion, o. professes to persuade,” Tp. II, 1, 235. “I seek to heal it o. by his wealth,” Wiv. III, 4, 6 (== I only seek). “o. he hath made an assay of her virtue to practise his judgment,” Meas. III, 1, 163 (== only to practise). he made trial of you o. 202 (== he only made trial). “that o. wounds by hearsay,” Ado III, 1, 23 (only by hearsay). “men are o. turned into tongue,” IV, 1, 323 (into tongue only, mere tongue). “I o. swore to study with your grace,” LLL I, 1, 51 (swore only to study). “he o. loves the world for him,” Merch. II, 8, 50. “o. in the world I fill up a place,” As I, 2, 204. “wretched shall France be o. in my name,” H6A I, 4, 97 (in my mere name). “o. I yield to die.” Caes. V, 4, 12 (I yield only to die). “o. I say,” Mcb. III, 6, 2 (I only say).
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