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speed vb. (pa. pple. “speeded” twice Meas. IV. v. 10, 2H4 IV. iii. 38; otherwise SPED, q.v.)
1. to have (a certain) success, fare (well or ill) Shr. II. i. 277 “ amiss,” John IV. ii. 141 “How I have sped,” Troil. III. i. 157.
2. to turn out Cor. V. i. 62 “Speed how it will.”
3. to be successful Wiv. III. v. 69 “sped you, sir?,” R3 IV. iv. 359 “An honest tale s-s best being plainly told,” Lr. I. ii. 19 “if this letter ,” Oth. IV. i. 109 “How quickly should you speed.”
4. trans. to hasten Meas. IV. v. 10, All'sW. III. iv. 37 “speed her foot,” H5 III. v. 36.
5. to be a person's ‘speed’ (see SPEED sb. 3) Wiv. III. iv. 12 “heaven so me,” Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 684 “Fortune us,” Cæs. I. ii. 88 “let the gods so me” ; with subject omitted Lr. IV. vi. 213 “Sir, speed you.”
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