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commodity (sense ‘wares, merchandise’ is freq.)
2. expediency John II. i. 597* “break faith upon ”
3. advantage, profit 2H4 I. ii. 282 “I will turn diseases to commodity,” Lr. IV. i. 21.
4. quantity of wares, parcel, consignment, lot Tw.N. III. i. 51 “his next of hair,” 1H4 I. ii. 93 “a of good names,” IV. ii. 19; spec. parcel of goods sold on credit by a usurer to a needy person, who immediately raised some cash by re-selling them at a lower price, often to the usurer himself Meas. IV. iii. 5 “he's in for a commodity of brown paper and old ginger.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 4.1
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    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 4.2
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