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desire (1 S. affords late exx. of this construction)
1. to request the boon or favour “of” something from (a person) MND. III. i. 189, 197 (Qq “you of,” Ff “of you”), Mer.V. IV. i. 403 “ your Grace of pardon,” AYL. V. iv. 56; with “of” dropped MND. III. i. 204 “I desire you more acquaintance” (so Qq Ff1 2; Ff3 4 “your more”).
2. to invite LLL. V. ii. 145 “if they us to 't,” H5 IV. i. 27 “ them all to my pavilion,” Troil. IV. v. 149.
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