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dissolve (sense 4 intr. is most freq.)
1. to loosen, undo R2 II. ii. 71 “ the bands of life,” Troil. V. ii. 153 “The bonds of heaven are . . . d-'d, and loos'”
2. to part, separate Wiv. V. v. 249 [237] “nothing can us,” All'sW. I. ii. 66 “d-d from my hive,” Cor. I. i. 210.
3. to destroy, put an end to Lr. IV. iv. 19 “Lest his ungovern'd rage the life” ; also intr. to come to an end Tp. IV. i. 154, V. i. 64 “The charm d-s apace.”
4. to melt R2 III. ii. 108 “all d-'d to tears” ; also intr. Gent. III. ii. 8, MND. I. i. 245, Lr. V. iii. 205 (‘ready to shed tears’), Ant. III. xi. [xiii.] 162
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