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Tax, vb. 1) to load with imposts: “I would not t. he needy commons,” H6B III, 1, 116.
2) to load with any charge; to charge, to demand: “t. not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once,” Ado II, 3, 46 (perhaps confounded with task, q. v.).
3) to censure, to reproach, to inveigh against: “thus wisdom wishes to appear most bright when it doth t. itself,” Meas. II, 4, 79. “you t. Signior Benedick too much,” Ado I, 1, 46. “who cries out on pride, that can therein t. any private party?” As II, 7, 71. “my --ing like a wild-goose flies,” As II, 7, 71 “never --ed for speech,” All's I, 1, 77. “they t. our policy,” Troil. I, 3, 197. “both --ing me,” V, 1, 46. “traduced and --ed of other nations,” Hml. I, 4, 18. “she'll t. him home,” III, 3, 29. Followed by of: “my fore-past proofs shall t. my fears of little vanity,” All's V, 3, 122. By with: “to t. him with injustice,” Meas. V, 312. “so many giddy offences as he hath generally --ed their whole sex withal,” As III, 2, 368. “with all the spots o'the world --ed and deboshed,” All's V, 3, 206. “I t. not you, you elements, with unkindness,” Lr. III, 2, 16 (Qq task).
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