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Welcome, adj. (superl. “--st,” H6A II, 2, 56) received with pleasure, grateful, agreeable: Gent. II, 5, 4. Meas. II, 2, 26. LLL I, 1, 315. As II, 7, 198. All's II, 1, 211. H4A I, 1, 66 “(w. news).” H6A II, 2, 56. H6B II, 3, 14. Tim. I, 2, 134. Mcb. IV, 3, 138 (w. and unwelcome things) etc. etc. With to before the person gratified: Gent. II, 4, 113. II, 7, 71. V, 4, 123. Wiv. II, 2, 157. Err. II, 2, 118. Merch. IV, 2, 4. Alls IV, 4, 16. R2 III, 1, 31 etc. before the place where one is received: Gent. II, 5, 6. Tw. II, 3, 106. R3 I, 1, 124. Per. III, 1, 30 etc. Used absolutely, in saluting a new comer: Tp. V, 125. Tp. V, 125 Gent. II, 4, 100. Wiv. V, 5, 33. Mids. II, 1, 247. Cor. II, 1, 198. V, 5, 6. Rom. III, 5, 24 etc. etc. With “to:” LLL II, 90. As II, 7, 105. H6A I, 2, 47. Gent. II, 5, 1. Merch. V, 139. All's I, 2, 22. H4B II, 4, 316. H6C II, 2, 1. R3 III, 1, 1 etc. With into: “w. into our territories,” H6A V, 3, 146. “you're w. into our kingdom,” H8 II, 2, 76. “w. hither:” Merch. III, 2, 223. As II, 7, 195. Wint. V, 1, 151. R2 III, 3, 122. Mcb. I, 4, 27. IV, 3, 161 etc. “w. home:” Merch. V, 113. Shr. IV, 1, 109. Cor. II, 1, 197. Hml. II, 2, 85.
Used as an expression of readiness to serve another, == I am at your service: “my business is a word or two with Claudio. And very w.” Meas. III, 1, 49. “you are w., sir, adieu. Farewell to me, sir, and w. to you,” LLL II, 213. “I mean to shift my bush, and then pursue me as you draw your bow; you are w. all,” Shr. V, 2, 48. “I humbly thank your ladyship. Your honour is most w.” Oth. IV, 3, 4. “thus defied, I thank thee for myself. Thou art w., Caius,” Cymb. III, 1, 69. “Lord Helicane, a word. With me? and w.” Per. II, 4, 22.
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