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good adj. (all the ordinary senses are freq.; 6 (ii) is the most freq. meaning of “make good”)
1. a conventional epithet to titles of high rank Wint. I. ii. 220 “At the queen's entreaty,” H8 III. i. 77 “ your Graces,” Cym. II. iii. 158 “She's my lady” ; hence freq., an epithet of courteous address or respectful reference Tp. I. i. 10 “ boatswain,” Gent. I. ii. 115 “Be calm, wind,” Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 200
2. comely Per. IV. ii. 51 “She has a good face.”
3. in mildly depreciative sense implying weakness or trustful simplicity H8 III. ii. 357 “good easy man.”
4. able to fulfil his engagements, financially sound, (hence) wealthy, substantial Mer.V. I. iii. 12, 16, Cor. I. i. 16.
5. absol. used vocatively (cf. GOOD NOW) Tp. I. i. 3, 17 “Nay, good, be patient,” Rom. I. v. 8 “Good thou.”
6. make good, (i) to carry into effect, fulfil, perform Shr. Ind. i. 19, I. i. 74, IV. ii. 115 “to make the matter ,” 2H6 V. i. 122, Cor. I. vi. 86, Tim. I. ii. 205 “to make his wishes ,” Ant. II. ii. 149; (ii) to prove (a statement, charge) to be true, substantiate R2 I. i. 4, Ham. I. ii. 210; (iii) to show or prove (a person or thing) to be blameless Mer.V. I. iii. 95, Wint. II. iii. 60 “I . . . would by combat make her ” ; (iv) to maintain, hold, defend (a position) H8 V. iv. 58, Cor. I. v. 12 “to make the city,” Lr. I. i. 175, Cym. V. iii. 23.
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