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Sure, adj. 1) secure, safe: if we recover that (the forest), “we are s. enough,” Gent. V, 1, 12. “are you s. of your husband now?” Wiv. IV, 2, 6 (of == from). “supposed their state was s.” R3 III, 2, 86. a s. and safe one (way) H8 III, 2, 439. “to guard s. their master,” Tim. III, 3, 40.
2) affording security and safety; no more able to do harm: “I have made him s.” H4A V, 3, 48 (i. e. I have killed him). “I'll make him s.” V, 4, 127. “hold him s.” H4B II, 1, 27. “see you guard him s.” IV, 3, 81. “guard him s.” H6B III, 1, 188. “we will make that s.” Tit. II, 3, 133. “see that you make her s.” Tit. II, 3, 133 “whilst I at a banquet hold him s.” V, 2, 76. “bind them s.” V, 2, 76 “is he s. bound?” V, 2, 76 “I'll make him s. enough,” Per. I, 1, 169.
3) firm, stable, steady: “there is no s. foundation set on blood,” John IV, 2, 104. “consent upon a s. foundation,” H4B I, 3, 52. “though thou standest more s. than I could do,” IV, 5, 203. “in justice' equal scales, whose beam stands s.” H6B II, 1, 205. “let Caesar seat him s.” Caes. I, 2, 325. “thou s. and firm-set earth,” Mcb. II, 1, 56 (O. Edd. sowre). “horses swift and s. of foot,” III, 1, 38. “great tyranny, lay thou thy basis s., for goodness dare not check thee,” IV, 3, 32.
Hence == indissolubly united, betrothed, married: “she and I . . . are now so s. that nothing can dissolve us,” Wiv. V, 5, 237. “Dumain is mine, as s. as bark on tree,” LLL V, 2, 285. “you and you are s. together, as the winter to foul weather,” As V, 4, 141.
4) unfailing, infallible: s. ones (reasons) Err. II, 2, 94. Err. II, 2, 94 “s. wit, follow me this jest now,” Rom. II, 4, 65 (the spurious Q1 and most M. Edd. well said). “you are too s. an augurer,” Ant. V, 2, 337. “than be cured by the s. physician death,” Cymb. V, 4, 7.
To be s., followed by an infinitive, synonymous to infallibly, certainly: “I'll be s. to keep him above deck,” Wiv. II, 1, 94 (== I'll certainly keep him etc.). “where she is s. to lose,” All's I, 3, 221. “so should I be s. to be heart-burned,” H4A III, 3, 58. “so should he be s. to be ransomed,” H5 IV, 1, 127. “if we both stay, we both are s. to die,” H6A IV, 5, 20. H6C IV, 4, 35. “be s. to hear some news,” V, 5, 48. “thou art s. to lose,” Ant. II, 3, 26. “I would I were so s. to win the king,” Cymb. II, 4, 1. “I am s. to be hanged at home,” Per. I, 3, 3.
Be s., followed by a subjunctive, == do not fail: “be s. you be not loose,” H8 II, 1, 127. “be s. thou prove my love a whore, be s. of it,” Oth. III, 3, 359.
With of, == assured, certain of meeting or obtaining: “I would I were as s. of a good dinner,” Shr. I, 2, 218. “the poor chicken should be s. of death,” H6B III, 1, 251. “then am I s. of victory,” H6C IV, 1, 147. “that's s. of death without it,” Cor. III, 1, 155. “thou art s. of me,” Oth. I, 3, 371 (i. e. of my help). “ply Desdemona well, and you are s. on't,” IV, 1, 107. “we will awake him and be s. of him,” Caes. I, 3, 164. “such friends as thought them s. of you,” Cor. V, 3, 8. Similarly: “I will be s. my Katharine shall be fine,” Shr. II, 319 (== assured).
5) certain, not liable to failure, doubtless: “until I know this s. uncertainty,” Err. II, 2, 187. “nothing so s.” LLL IV, 3, 283. “uncertain life and s. death,” All's II, 3, 20. “that know the strongest and --st way to get,” R2 III, 3, 201. “as s. as day,” H4A III, 1, 255. certain, 'tis “certain; very s., very s.” H4B III, 2, 40. “linger not our s. destructions on,” Troil. V, 10, 9. “a s. destruction,” Cor. II, 1, 259. “'tis s. enough, an you knew how,” Tit. IV, 1, 95 (?). “if money were as certain as your waiting, 'twere s. enough,” Tim. III, 4, 48. “there might be thought, though nothing s., yet much unhappily,” Hml. IV, 5, 13. “most s. and vulgar,” Lr. IV, 6, 214. “it is as s. as you are Roderigo,” Oth. I, 1, 56. “where death is s.” Ant. III, 10, 10.
6) to be relied on: “in s. wards of trust,” Sonn. 48, 4. “you are both s., and will assist me?” Ado I, 3, 71. “these promises are fair, the parties s.” H4A III, 1, 1. “you are no --r than is the coal of fire upon the ice,” Cor. I, 1, 176. “he is your brother by the --r side,” Tit. IV, 2, 126. “as s. a card as ever won the set,” V, 1, 100. “I'll make assurance double s.” Mcb. IV, 1, 83. “still close as s.” Cymb. I, 6, 139.
7) certainly knowing, assured: “s. I am, the wits of former days to subjects worse have given admiring praise,” Sonn. 59, 13. “I am s. she is not buried,” Gent. IV, 2, 108. “meed, I am s., I have received none,” Wiv. II, 2, 212. “in my house I am s. he is,” IV, 2, 154. Err. V, 119. Ado II, 1, 138. III, 1, 36. V, 4, 84. Mids. III, 2, 154. IV, 1, 197. Merch. I, 1, 97. II, 2, 86. As III, 2, 110 (be s. == know for certain; certainly). III, 5, 26. All's II, 3, 310. Tw. I, 5, 37. Wint. I, 2, 30. Cor. II, 3, 173. Tim. IV, 3, 514. Oth. I, 1, 102. Cymb. I, 6, 96 etc. With of: “he was not s. of it,” Gent. V, 2, 40. Meas. I, 2, 72. Meas. I, 2, 72 II, 1, 55. Tim. III, 6, 63 (be s. of it == know it for certain). Lr. IV, 5, 24. Ant. III, 13, 62. Oth. IV, 1, 238.
8) having full confidence, persuaded: “and, to be s. that is not false I swear, a thousand groans . . . do witness bear thy black is fairest,” Sonn. 131, 9. “for this, be s., to-night thou shalt have cramps,” Tp. I, 2, 325. “less than this, I am s., you cannot give,” Gent. V, 4, 25. “I am s. you both of you remember me,” Err. V, 291. Err. V, 291 “his discretion, I am s., cannot carry his valour,” Mids. V, 239. “I am s. thou wilt not take his flesh,” Merch. III, 1, 53. “I am s. the duke will never grant . . .,” III, 3, 24. “I am s. care's an enemy to life,” Tw. I, 3, 2. “be s. I count myself in nothing else so happy,” R2 II, 3, 45. “be thou s. I'll well requite thy kindness,” H6C IV, 6, 10. “I would be s. to have all well,” Tit. V, 3, 31 etc. With of: “you two would marry. Be s. of that, -- two other husbands,” Wiv. III, 2, 16. Merch. V, 229. Shr. II, 76. All's I, 3, 261. Mcb. V, 1, 54. Lr. V, 3, 194. Oth. I, 2, 11 (Ff assured). Ant. II, 5, 103 (that art not what thou'rt s. of; viz an honest man?).
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