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do (the chief obs. or archaic uses are the following; see also DOING, DONE)
1. to put “to death” Ado V. iii. 3, 2H6 III. ii. 179; also “do him dead” 3H6 I. iv. 108.
2. to play the part of, enact Ado II. i. 124, MND. I. ii. 28, 71 “You may do it extempore.”
3. imperative=‘go on!’ Tp. IV. i. 241, Troil. II. i. 45.
4. =‘do with’ Lucr. 1092 “For day hath nought to do what's done by night.”
5. to be sufficient; phr. “all would not do” 1H4 II. iv. 192. to do, to be done, still undone Meas. I. ii. 121, AYL. I. ii. 122, 2H6 III. ii. 3, Ham. IV. iv. 44; do good, succeed Wint. II. ii. 54; do withal Mer.V. III. iv. 72 “I could not do withal,” I could not help it.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (8):
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.4
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 2.4
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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