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Season, vb. 1) to spice, to give a relish to, to make fresh and tasteful: “the spice and salt that s. a man,” Troil. I, 2, 278. “have their honest wills, which --s comfort,” Cymb. I, 6, 9 (gives happiness its proper relish). Applied to tears as resembling rain, and having, besides, a salt-flavour: “--ing the earth with showers of silver brine,” Lucr. 796. “'tis the best brine a maiden can s. her praise in,” All's I, 1, 55. “all this to s. a brother's dead love, which she would keep fresh,” Tw. I, 1, 30. “how much salt water thrown away in waste, to s. love,” Rom. II, 3, 72. cf. Compl. 18.
2) to render more agreeable, to recommend and set off by some admixture: “what plea so tainted and corrupt but, being --ed with a gracious voice, obscures the show of evil,” Merch. III, 2, 76. “how many things by season --ed are to their right praise and true perfection,” V, 107. “this suit of yours, so --ed with your faithful love to me,” R3 III, 7, 149.
3) to qualify, to temper: “so are you to my thoughts as food to life, or as sweet --ed showers are to the ground,” Sonn. 75, 2. “earthly power doth then show likest God's, when mercy --s justice,” Merch. IV, 1, 197. “to take from Rome all --ed office and to wind yourself into a power tyrannical,” Cor. III, 3, 64.* “s. your admiration for a while with an attent ear,” Hml. I, 2, 192. “you may s. it in the charge,” II, 1, 28.
4) to mature, to ripen, to prepare: “s. the slaves for tubs and baths,” Tim. IV, 3, 85. “my blessing s. this in thee,” Hml. I, 3, 81. “who in want a hollow friend doth try, directly --s him his enemy,” III, 2, 219. “when he is fit and --ed for his passage,” III, 3, 86.
5) to gratify the taste of: “let their palates be --ed with such viands,” Merch. IV, 1, 97.
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