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husband vb. (3 not pre-S.)
1. to till, farm 2H4 IV. iii. 130 “land . . . husbanded, and tilled.”
2. to manage with thrift and prudence, use economically or sparingly Wiv. IV. vi. 53 “ your device,” Shr. Ind. I. 68 “If it be h-ed with modesty” (‘if it is not overdone’), Ham. IV. v. 137 “I'll them so well, They shall go far,” Sonn. xciv. 6 “husband nature's riches from expense.”
3. to be a husband to, marry All'sW. V. iii. 126, Lr. V. iii. 71 “if he should husband you.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (3):
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 5.3
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.5
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, xciv
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