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fain adj.: glad, pleased 1H6 III. ii. 114 “ by flight to save themselves,” 2H6 II. i. 8 “man and birds are of climbing high” ; glad under the circumstances Gent. I. i. 128, AYL. IV. i. 61, 2H4 II. i. 157 “I must be to pawn . . . my plate” ; (hence) necessitated, obliged Lr. IV. vii. 38;—adv. gladly, willingly, always with “would” (freq.).
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