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Study, subst. 1) any endeavour of the mind: “it is my s. to seem despiteful and ungentle to you,” As V, 2, 85. “to be more thankful to thee shall be my s.” Wint. IV, 2, 21. “I have laboured, and with no little s., that my teaching and . . . my authority might go one way,” H8 V, 3, 34. Tit. V, 2, 12. Lr. I, 1, 279. Plur. --es: “your safety, for the which myself and them bend their best --es,” John IV, 2, 51. H4A I, 3, 228. H8 III, 1, 123. H8 III, 1, 123
2) application to books and learning: Pilgr. 61. Tp. III, 1, 20. Meas. I, 4, 61. LLL I, 1, 55. LLL I, 1, 55 LLL I, 1, 55 LLL I, 1, 55 LLL I, 1, 55 LLL I, 1, 55 LLL I, 1, 55 I, 2, 53. II, 23. IV, 2, 113. IV, 3, 300. IV, 3, 300 Mids. I, 2, 69 (I am slow of s.; Snug's speech). H4B I, 2, 132. H5 I, 1, 57. H6A II, 4, 56. V, 1, 22. Plur. “--es:” Tp. I, 2, 77. Gent. I, 1, 67. LLL I, 1, 172. As V, 4, 32. Shr. I, 1, 9. III, 1, 12.
3) the object of such application: those (liberal arts) “being all my s.” Tp. I, 2, 74. H5 I, 1, 42. Lr. III, 4, 163. Peculiar expression: an he were (in my books), “I would burn my s.” Ado I, 1, 81.
4) an apartment appropriated to literary employment: H6B I, 3, 62. Tit. V, 2, 5. Rom. III, 3, 76. Caes. II, 1, 7. Figuratively: “the idea of her life shall sweetly creep into his s. of imagination,” Ado IV, 1, 227 (cf. my bosom's shop in Sonn. 24, 7).*
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