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Desire, vb. 1) to wish for; followed by an accus.: “do I delight to die or life d.?” Ven. 496. Lucr. 1011. Sonn. I, 1. 29, 7. 89, 6. 153, 11. Wiv. I, 3, 21. II, 1, 10. Meas. I, 4, 3. IV, 1, 52. Ado IV, 1, 259. LLL I, 1, 105. Merch. I, 3, 60. Tw. III, 2, 72. H6B II, 1, 102. H6C IV, 7, 6. R3 II, 1, 61. Hml. I, 4, 59 etc. == to lust after: “being --d yielded,” Compl. 149. “d. her foully,” Meas. II, 2, 174. “finding yourself --d of such a person,” II, 4, 91. --d == loved: “you shall be well --d in Cyprus,” Oth. II, 1, 206. “her --d Posthumus,” Cymb. III, 5, 62. -- Followed by an inf.: “d. to be invited,” Sonn. 141, 7. Tp. III, 1, 78. Wiv. I, 1, 38. IV, 3, 1. Meas. II, 2, 171. Meas. II, 2, 171 IV, 2, 59. Mids. III, 1, 155. V, 166. All's V, 3, 157. R3 II, 1, 58. Tim. IV, 3, 248 etc. Followed by should: “dost thou d. my slumbers should be broken,” Sonn. 61, 3. “and most d. should meet the blow of justice,” Meas. II, 2, 30.
2) to ask, to entreat, to request: “consents bewitched, ere he d., have granted,” Compl. 131. To d. sth.: “I do d. thy worthy company,” Gentl. IV, 3, 25. cf. Wiv. I, 1, 271 and Meas. IV, 3, 144. “--s access to you,” Meas. II, 2, 19. II, 4, 18. Wint. V, 1, 87. “if you should need a pin, you could not with more tame a tongue d. it,” Meas. II, 2, 46. “I d. better acquaintance,” Tw. I, 3, 55. “d. it not,” II, 1, 39. “he --s some private speech with you,” All's II, 5, 61. “your queen --s your visitation,” H8 V, 1, 169. “that longer you d. the court,” II, 4, 62 (== demand a longer trial). “my lord --s you presently,” Ant. III, 5, 22. “of thy intents --s instruction,” V, 1, 54. “d. my man's abode where I did leave him,” Cymb. I, 6, 53 (i. e. bid him stay where etc.) etc.
To d. sth. of a p.: “I d. more acquaintance of you,” Wiv. II, 2, 168. “I shall d. more love and knowledge of you,” As I, 2, 297. “d. some conduct of the lady,” Tw. III, 4, 265. “I d. of you a conduct over-land,” Cymb. III, 5, 7.
To d. a p. of sth.: “I shall d. you of more acquaintance,” Mids. III, 1, 185. 193 (Ff of you more). “I humbly do d. your grace of pardon,” Merch. IV, 1, 402. “I d. you of the like,” As V, 4, 56. Of omitted: “I d. you more acquaintance,” Mids. III, 1, 200 (F3. 4 and M. Edd. your more acquaintance).
To d. ap. to sth. == to invite: “shall we dance, if they d. us to it?” LLL V, 2, 145. “d. them all to my pavilion,” H5 IV, 1, 27. “I would d. my famous cousin to our Grecian tents,” Troil. IV, 5, 150. cf. “d. them home,” Troil. IV, 5, 150
Followed by an inf.: “let me d. to know,” Meas. III, 2, 253. H8 V, 1, 169. Ant. III, 13, 67. Inf. without to: “--s you let the dukedoms that you claim hear no more of you,” H5 I, 2, 256. “I d. you do me right and justice, and to bestow your pity on me,” H8 II, 4, 13. “d. her call her wisdom to her,” Lr. IV, 5, 35. -- “--ing thee that Publius may have . . .,” Caes. III, 1, 53.
“To d. a p. to do sth.:” Gentl. IV, 3, 32. Wiv. II, 2, 118. III, 5, 46. V, 5, 181. Meas. I, 1, 77. I, 3, 3. III, 2, 164. IV, 3, 43. IV, 3, 43 V, 75. Err. II, 1, 60. Mids. I, 2, 102. Merch. II, 2, 124. II, 6, 2. John V, 3, 6. H8 V, 1, 65. Cor. II, 2, 46. II, 3, 61. Hml. V, 2, 215. Lr. I, 4, 268. Ant. III, 13, 67 etc.
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