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Task, vb. 1) to impose a business to, to employ, to charge: “while other sports are --ing of their minds,” Wiv. IV, 6, 30 (cf. Of). “to t. the tasker,” LLL II, 20. “some things of weight that t. our thoughts,” H5 I, 2, 6. “therefore let every man now t. his thought, that this fair action may on foot be brought,” H5 I, 2, 6 “a harvest-man that's --ed to mow or all or lose his hire,” Cor. I, 3, 39. With to, == to challenge, to summon, to command to do: “lest the world should t. you to recite what merit lived in me,” Sonn. 72, 1. “to thy strong bidding t. Ariel and all his quality,” Tp. I, 1, 192. “what earthy name to interrogatories can t. the free breath of a sacred king?” John III, 1, 148. “I t. the earth to the like,” R2 IV, 52 (the later Qq take, q. v.) “t. me to my word, approve me,” H4A IV, 1, 9 (challenge me to act up to my word).
Hence == to put to the proof, to test, to try: “the gallants shall be --ed,” LLL V, 2, 126. “I am unfortunate in the infirmity, and dare not t. my weakness with any more,” Oth. II, 3, 43.
2) == to tax (as ask was sometimes spelt ax): “--ed the whole state,” H4A IV, 3, 92. “I t. not you, you elements, with unkindness,” Lr. III, 2, 16 (Ff tax).
3) In H4A V, 2, 51 Qq and M. Edd. how showed his --ing? seemed it in contempt? i. e. his challenge. The rest of O. Edd. talking.
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