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Respect, subst. 1) the act of seeing, contemplation, view; in my r. == in my eyes: “you in my r. are all the world,” Mids. II, 1, 224. “his meanest garment is dearer in my r. than all the hairs above thee,” Cymb. II, 3, 140.
2) deliberation, reflection, thought in reference to something: “full of --s, yet nought at all respecting,” Ven. 911. “r. and reason, wait on wrinkled age,” Lucr. 275; cf. “reason and r. make livers pale,” Troil. II, 2, 49. “in our two loves there is but one r., though in our lives a separable spite,” Sonn. 36, 5. “what poor duty cannot do, noble r. takes it in might, not merit,” Mids. V, 91. “more devout than this in our --s have we not been,” LLL V, 2, 792. “when perchance it frowns more upon humour than advised r.” John IV, 2, 214. “on both sides more r.” Cor. III, 1, 181. “never learned the icy precepts of r.” Tim. IV, 3, 258. With of or on: “you hold too heinous a r. of grief,” John III, 4, 90 (== you heinously think too much of your grief). “you have too much r. upon the world,” Merch. I, 1, 74.
3) consideration, reason or motive in reference to something: “called to that audit by advised --s,” Sonn. 49, 4. “if it were not for one trifling r., I could come to such honour,” Wiv. II, 1, 45. “I would have daffed all other --s and made her half my self,” Ado II, 3, 176. “my --s are better than they seem,” All's II, 5, 71. “when such profound --s do pull you on,” John III, 1, 318. “what a noble combat hast thou fought between compulsion and a brave r.” V, 2, 44. “the love of him, and this r. besides, for that my grandsire was an Englishman, awakes my conscience,” V, 4, 41. “the gain proposed choked the r. of likely peril feared,” H4B I, 1, 184. “an ancient tradition, begun upon an honourable r.” H5 V, 1, 75. “this argues conscience in your grace, but the --s thereof are nice and trivial,” R3 III, 7, 175. “in one r. I'll thy assistant be,” Rom. II, 3, 90 (== for one consideration). “there's the r. that makes calamity of so long life,” Hml. III, 1, 68. “the instances that second marriage move are base --s of thrift,” III, 2, 193. “mingled with --s that stand aloof from the entire point,” Lr. I, 1, 242 (Ff regards). “--s of fortune are his love,” Lr. I, 1, 242 in r. == in consideration: “she is not to be kissed fasting, in r. of her breath,” Gent. III, 1, 327. “in r. that it is a shepherd's life, it is naught,” As III, 2, 14. “I could be well contented to be there, in r. of the love I bear your house,” H4A II, 3, 2. “minister the potion of imprisonment to me in r. of poverty,” H4B I, 2, 146. “in that r., then, like a loving child, shed yet some small drops,” Tit. V, 3, 166. “and yet but yaw neither, in r. of his quick sail,” Hml. V, 2, 120. “in r. of that I would fain think it were not,” Lr. I, 2, 69. “our general's wife is now the general: I may say so in this r., for that he hath devoted and given up himself to the contemplation of her parts,” Oth. II, 3, 321.
4) relation, regard, point of view; in r. of == a) with regard to, as to: “that in some --s makes a beast a man,” Wiv. V, 5, 5. “misgraffed in r. of years,” Mids. I, 1, 137. “in r. of itself it is a good life,” As III, 2, 13. I speak in r. --, All's II, 3, 32. “my uncle's will in this r. is mine,” John II, 510. “in some --s I grant I cannot go,” H4B I, 2, 189. “she will be ruled in all --s by me,” Rom. III, 4, 14. “nature's above art in that r.” Lr. IV, 6, 86. b) in comparison with; to: “but a night-gown in r. of yours,” Ado III, 4, 19. “Hector was but a Troyan in r. of this,” LLL V, 2, 639. “thou worms-meat in r. of a good piece of flesh,” As III, 2, 68. “he was a man, this in r. a child,” H6C V, 5, 56. “he does deny him, in r. of his, what charitable men afford to beggars,” Tim. III, 2, 81. “in r. of a fine workman I am but a cobbler,” Caes. I, 1, 10.
5) attention, notice, care: “to show me worthy of thy sweet r.” Sonn. 26, 12. “shall we serve heaven with less r. than we do minister to our gross selves?” Meas. II, 2, 86. “he is not for your lordship's r.” All's III, 6, 109. “is there no r. of place, persons, nor time in you?” Tw. II, 3, 98. “so it be new, there's no r. how vile,” R2 II, 1, 25 (== he cares not). “if you vouchsafe me hearing and r.” H4A IV, 3, 31. “without observance or r. of any,” Troil. II, 3, 175. “I do love my country's good with a r. more tender than mine own life,” Cor. III, 3, 112. “have r. to mine honour, that you may believe,” Caes. III, 2, 15 (take care of, look to, my honour). “the malevolence of fortune nothing takes from his high r.” Mcb. III, 6, 29. “you shall do small r., show too bold malice against . . . . my master,” Lr. II, 2, 137 (Ff --s). “returned me expectations and comforts of sudden r. and acquaintance,” Oth. IV, 2, 192. “she held the very garment of Posthumus in more r. than my person,” Cymb. III, 5, 139. “not a man hath r. with him but he,” Per. II, 4, 18. who (my child) “shall not be more dear to my r. than yours,” III, 3, 33. cf. Sonn. 36, 5 and Mids. V, 91 sub def. 2; and Merch. V, 99: nothing is good, I see, without r., i. e. without notice taken and attention bestowed; according to others, == without consideration of circumstances.
6) esteem, regard, reverence: “r. to your great place!” Meas. V, 294. “a place of high r. with me,” Mids. II, 1, 209. “I attend them with all r. and duty,” As I, 2, 177. “if your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in your r.” All's III, 6, 4. “she uses me with a more exalted r.” Tw. II, 5, 31. to tread down fair r. of “sovereignty,” John III, 1, 58. “what good r. I have of thee,” III, 3, 28. “throw away r.” R2 III, 2, 172. “that title of r. which the proud soul ne'er pays but to the proud,” H4A I, 3, 8. “he holds your temper in a high r.” III, 1, 170. “out of the great r. they bear to beauty,” H8 I, 4, 69. “a thousand pounds a year for pure r.” II, 3, 95. “should find r. for what they have been,” V, 3, 75. “out of dear r.” V, 3, 75 “you know me dutiful; therefore, dear sir, let me not shame r., but give me leave to take that course,” Troil. V, 3, 73. “with courtesy and with r. enough,” Caes. IV, 2, 15. “with all r. and rites of burial,” V, 5, 77. “that from their coldest neglect my love should kindle to inflamed r.” Lr. I, 1, 258. “to do upon r. such violent outrage,” II, 4, 24. “his worthiness does challenge much r.,” Oth. II, 1, 213.
7) state of deserving or being treated with regard; honour, respectability (of persons); high value, importance (of things): “true valour still a true r. should have,” Lucr. 201. “his true r. will prison false desire,” Lucr. 201 “such offers of our peace as we with honour and r. may take,” John V, 7, 85. “many of the best r. in Rome,” Caes. I, 2, 59. “thou art a fellow of a good r.” V, 5, 45. “this ring, whose high r. and rich validity did lack a parallel,” All's V, 3, 192. “he shall our commission bring to you, with such things else of quality and r. as doth import you,” Oth. I, 3, 283.
8) modest and becoming deportment, decency: “such harmless creatures have a true r. to talk in deeds,” Lucr. 1347. “I never heard a man of his place, gravity and learning, so wide of his own r.” Wiv. III, 1, 58. “if I do not put on a sober habit, talk with r. and swear but now and then,” Merch. II, 2, 200. “there's a letter for you. Delivered with good r.” H4B II, 2, 109.
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