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Wont, vb. (originally impf. of the obsol. won, and therefore not inflected in the third person) to be accustomed: “my curtal dog, that w. to have played,” Pilgr. 273. “I bear it on my shoulders, as a beggar w. her brat,” Err. IV, 4, 39. “Talbot is taken, whom we w. to fear,” H6A I, 2, 14. “how the English w. through a secret grate . . . to overpeer the city,” I, 4, 10.
Partic. wont == accustomed, habituated, doing customarily; used only in the predicate with the vb. to be; in the present tense only when speaking of things not liable to change: “ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly to seal love's bonds new-made, than they are w. to keep obliged faith unforfeited,” Merch. II, 6, 6. “greet in silence, as the dead are w.” Tit. I, 90. Imperfect: “where thou wast w. to rest thy weary head,” Lucr. 1621. “when I was w. to greet it with my lays,” Sonn. 102, 6. “you were w. to be a follower,” Wiv. III, 2, 2. Gent. II, 1, 27. Gent. II, 1, 27 II, 4, 126. II, 4, 126 Err. II, 2, 155. Ado II, 3, 19. III, 2, 56. LLL I, 1, 44. Mids. IV, 1, 59. Mids. IV, 1, 59 Mids. IV, 1, 59 Merch. II, 5, 8. III, 1, 50. Wint. IV, 4, 359. R2 II, 1, 65. H6A V, 3, 14. H6C I, 4, 77. II, 6, 76. R3 I, 4, 121. III, 7, 29 (Ff used). IV, 2, 17. V, 3, 74. Cor. IV, 1, 16. II, 1, 130. III, 2, 8. IV, 5, 188. Tit. I, 339. Tim. III, 4, 10. Caes. I, 2, 34. Hml. II, 2, 341. V, 1, 210. Lr. I, 4, 64. Lr. I, 4, 64 Oth. V, 2, 110. Cymb. II, 4, 40. In R2 V, 5, 99 Qq taste of it first, as thou art w. to do; Ff, conformably to the use of the poet, as thou wert w. In Oth. II, 3. 190 Qq you were w. be civil, Ff w. to be civil. -- With the adverb “often:” Mids. I, 1, 215. As II, 2, 9.
Partic. or adj. wonted == customary; always before a subst.: “whose --ed lily white with purple tears was drenched,” Ven. 1053. “if thou wilt permit the sun to climb his --ed height,” Lucr. 776. “change their --ed liveries,” Mids. II, 1, 113. III, 2, 369. H4B V, 5, 104. H6A III, 1, 32. V, 3, 21. H6C II, 5, 49. H8 IV, 2, 102. Hml. II, 2, 354. III, 1, 41. Cymb. V, 5, 462.
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