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The Taming of the Shrew
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affable
3 uses
an affable and courteous gentleman
affable = good natured and sociable
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amiable
1 use
in no sense is meet or amiable
amiable = friendly or good

(editor's note:  in this context, meet means fitting or proper)
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly and kindly
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austere
1 use
With such austerity as 'longeth to a father.
austerity = stern demeanor (or seriousness)

(editor's note:  'longeth is short for belongeth which today would be belongs)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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construe
2 uses
Now let me see if I can construe it:
construe = to interpret something as having a specific meaning
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
You must meet my master to countenance my mistress.
countenance = show favor
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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credulous
1 use
If he be credulous and trust my tale,
credulous = too willing to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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cunning
6 uses
I have some sport in hand wherein your cunning can assist me much.
cunning = cleverness
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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daunt
1 use
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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digress
1 use
I am come to keep my word, though in some part enforced to digress
digress = wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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diligent
2 uses
thou seest how diligent I am
diligent = hard working and careful
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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disdain
2 uses
to make a bondmaid and a slave of me; that I disdain
disdain = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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engender
1 use
for it engenders...
engenders = causes
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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entreat
14 uses
Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.
entreat = ask or attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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forbearance
1 use
Fiddler, forbear; you grow too forward, sir.
forbear = stop (refrain or hold back from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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forswear
6 uses
have you both forsworn me?
forsworn = renounced
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath
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ingenious
1 use
Here let us breathe, and haply institute
A course of learning and ingenious studies.
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me,
In the preferment of the eldest sister.
resolve = decision
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Mi perdonato, gentle master mine;
  I am in all affected as yourself;
  Glad that you thus continue your resolve
  To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
resolve = firmness of purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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3  —1 use as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
What, master, read you,
First resolve me that.
resolve = answer (settle in mind for)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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