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Plant, vb. 1) to put in the ground for growth: “and p. this thorn, this canker Bolingbroke,” H4A I, 3, 176. “every man shall eat in safety what he --s,” H8 V, 5, 35. “p. nettles,” Oth. I, 3, 325. Figuratively, == to to give rise, to call into existence: “it is in us to p. thine honour where we please to have it grow,” All's II, 3, 163. “to p. and o'erwhelm custom,” Wint. IV, 1, 9. “he hath so --ed his honours in their eyes,” Cor. II, 2, 32. “I have begun to p. thee,” Mcb. I, 4, 28. “what's more to do, which would be --ed newly with the time,” V, 8, 65. “at the first I saw the treasons --ed,” Ant. I, 3, 26.
Hence == to engender: “--ing oblivion, beating reason back,” Ven. 557. “thou --est scandal and displacest laud,” Lucr. 887. “and p. in tyrants mild humility,” LLL IV, 3, 349. “it engenders choler, --eth anger,” Shr. IV, 1, 175. “p. neighbourhood and Christian-like accord in their sweet bosoms,” H5 V, 2, 381. “this may p. courage in their quailing breasts,” H6C II, 3, 54. “p. love among us,” Cor. III, 3, 35. “a faith that reason without miracle could never p. in me,” Lr. I, 1, 226.
2) to install, to instate, to invest: “anointed, crowned, --ed many years,” R2 IV, 127. “to p. unrightful kings,” V, 1, 63. “they laboured to p. the rightful heir,” H6A II, 5, 80. “I'll p. Plantagenet, root him up who dares,” H6C I, 1, 48. “we will p. some other in the throne,” R3 III, 7, 216. “you are but newly --ed in your throne,” Tit. I, 444. cf. H4A I, 3, 176. cf. Replant. Jocularly: “a man in all the world's new fashion --ed,” LLL I, 1, 165.
3) to place: “--ed and placed and possessed by my master,” Ado III, 3, 159. “the fool hath --ed in his memory an army of good words,” Merch. III, 5, 71. “I will p. you two,” Tw. II, 3, 188. “in thy piteous heart p. thou thine ear,” R2 V, 3, 126. “and p. our joys in living Edward's throne,” R3 II, 2, 100. “I will advise you where to p. yourselves,” Mcb. III, 1, 129. “p. those that have revolted in the van,” Ant. IV, 6, 9. cf. Sky-planted.
4) to furnish as with plants: “thy temples should be --ed with horns,” Tit. II, 3, 62.
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