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form (the foll. are obs. uses; 1 is a peculiarly S. use of an old sense; 2, 3 are not pre-S.)
1. image, likeness, portrait Gent. IV. iv. 205, Meas. II. iv. 127, LLL. II. i. 235, John V. vii. 32 “I am a scribbled form, drawn with a pen,” Sonn. ix. 6.
2. orderly arrangement, good order John III. iv. 101 “I will not keep this upon my head When there is such disorder in my wit” ; military formation 2H4 IV. i. 20 “In goodly form comes on the enemy.”
3. behaviour, pl. manners Gent. V. iv. 56 “change you to a milder ,” Tw.N. V. i. 362 “cam'st . . . in such form,” Cæs. I. ii. 304 “he puts on this tardy form.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 4.4
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 5.7
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, ix
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