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health: welfare, well-being, prosperity Mer.V. V. i. 114, 2H4 IV. iv. 81 “ to my sovereign,” Tim. II. ii. 207 “to the state's best ,” Cæs. IV. iii. 36, Ham. I. iii. 21, I. iv. 40 “Be thou a spirit of or goblin damn'” ∥ This sense survives in the phr. ‘drink “a health’,” recorded first from S., Shr. III. ii. 173 “He calls for wine: ‘A health!’ quoth he.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1.3
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    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 5.1
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