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Instruction, 1) teaching, tutoring: “I would be glad to receive some i.” Meas. IV, 2, 19. “they shall want no i.” LLL IV, 2, 81. “my i. shall serve to naturalize thee,” Alls I, 1, 222. cf. Cor. I, 4, 22. “i., manners,” Tim. IV, 1, 18. “have by their brave i. got upon me a nobleness in record,” Ant. IV, 14, 98. Denoting spiritual advice: “I am going with i. to him,” Meas. II, 3, 38. III, 2, 33. cf. Merch. I, 2, 16.
2) a precept conveying knowledge: “it is a good divine that follows his own --s,” Merch. I, 2, 16. “I will better the i.” III, 1, 76. “I cannot say 'tis pity she lacks --s,” Wint. IV, 4, 593. “we but teach bloody --s,” Mcb. I, 7, 9. “and let --s enter,” Cymb. I, 5, 47.
3) information: “the queen my mistress of thy intents desires i.” Ant. V, 1, 54.
4) authoritative information, direction: that you “will some good i. give how I may bear me here,” Tp. I, 2, 424. “of my i. hast thou nothing bated,” III, 3, 85. “if my --s may be your guide,” Meas. IV, 2, 181. “keep your i.” IV, 5, 3. “I'll give thee more --s,” Shr. Ind. 1, 130. “under my poor --s,” Alls IV, 4, 27.
5) prompting, suggestion: “yet had he framed to himself, by the i. of his frailty, many deceiving promises of life,” Meas. III, 2, 259. “now it lies you on to speak to the people, not by your own i., but with such words that are but roted in your tongue,” Cor. III, 2, 53. “nature would not invest herself in such shadowy passion without some i.” Oth. IV, 1, 41.
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