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Quote, (sometimes written cote or coate, and probably pronounced so; cf. Gent. IV, 2, 18. 19) 1) to note, to observe, to examine: “I have perused thee, and --d joint by joint,” Troil. IV, 5, 233. “note how she --s the leaves,” Tit. IV, 1, 50. “I am sorry that with better heed and judgment I had not --d him,” Hml. II, 1, 112.
2) to construe, to interpret: “our letters showed much more than jest. So did our looks. We did not q. them so,” LLL V, 2, 796. cf. Misquote.
3) to perceive, to read: “the illiterate will q. my loathsome trespass in my looks,” Lucr. 812. “how q. you my folly? I q. it in your jerkin,” Gent. II, 4, 18. Gent. II, 4, 18 “what curious eye doth q. deformities,” Rom. I, 4, 31.
4) to note, to set down, as in writing: “his face's own margent did q. such amazes,” LLL II, 246 (like marginal notes). “her amber hair for foul hath amber --d,” IV, 3, 87. “he's --d for a most perfidious slave,” All's V, 3, 205. “a fellow by the hand of nature marked, --d and signed to do a deed of shame,” John IV, 2, 222.
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