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Henry IV, Part 2
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apprehensive
1 use
It ascends me into the brain; dries me there all the foolish and dull and crudy vapours which environ it; makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble fiery and delectable shapes; which, delivered o'er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit.†
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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attain
1 use
My gracious lord, you look beyond him quite: The prince but studies his companions Like a strange tongue, wherein, to gain the language, 'tis needful that the most immodest word Be look'd upon and learn'd; which once attain'd, Your highness knows, comes to no further use But to be known and hated.†
attain'd = gained or reached something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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bestow
3 uses
How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colours, and not ourselves be seen?†
bestow = give
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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canvass
1 use
Do, an thou darest for thy heart: an thou dost, I'll canvass thee between a pair of sheets.†
canvass = get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions; or solicit votes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of canvass means:
examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
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chide
2 uses
Find him, my lord of Warwick; chide him hither.†
chide = scold or criticize
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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delectable
1 use
It ascends me into the brain; dries me there all the foolish and dull and crudy vapours which environ it; makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of nimble fiery and delectable shapes; which, delivered o'er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit.†
delectable = extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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derive
4 uses
How is this derived?†
derived = got
DefinitionGenerally derive means:
to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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desist
1 use
When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model; And when we see the figure of the house, Then we must rate the cost of the erection; Which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then but draw anew the model In fewer offices, or at least desist To build at all?†
desist = to not do something
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entreat
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Master Gower, shall I entreat you with me to 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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exeunt
33 uses
[Exeunt all but Falstaff.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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filial
1 use
Thy due from me Is tears and heavy sorrows of the blood, Which nature, love, and filial tenderness, Shall, O dear father, pay thee plenteously: My due from thee is this imperial crown, Which, as immediate from thy place and blood, Derives itself to me.†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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gambol
1 use
...and drinks off candles' ends for flap-dragons, and rides the wild-mare with the boys, and jumps upon joined-stools, and swears with a good grace, and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no bate with telling of discreet stories; and such other gambol faculties a' has, that show a weak mind and an able body, for the which the prince admits him: for the prince himself is such another; the weight of a hair will turn the scales between their avoirdupois.†
gambol = frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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hypocrite
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I would think thee a most princely hypocrite.†
hypocrite = someone who violates claimed moral standards
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imperious
2 uses
Yea, this man's brow, like to a title-leaf, Foretells the nature of a tragic volume: So looks the strand whereon the imperious flood Hath left a witness'd usurpation.†
imperious = expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
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notwithstanding
1 use
He hath a tear for pity and a hand Open as day for melting charity: Yet notwithstanding, being incensed, he 's flint; As humorous as winter and as sudden As flaws congealed in the spring of day.†
notwithstanding = in spite of; or in spite of the thing just mentioned (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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prophecy
2 uses
And, princes all, believe me, I beseech you; My father is gone wild into his grave, For in his tomb lie my affections; And with his spirit sadly I survive, To mock the expectation of the world, To frustrate prophecies and to raze out Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down After my seeming.†
prophecies = predictions of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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purge
2 uses
Now, neighbour confines, purge you of your scum: Have you a ruffian that will swear, drink, dance, Revel the night, rob, murder, and commit The oldest sins the newest kind of ways?†
purge = get rid of
DefinitionGenerally purge means:
get rid of things thought undesirable
The exact meaning of purge can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "purge the government of our enemies" — get rid of people for political reasons
  • "purge my closet of everything I haven't worn in a year" — get rid of undesired things
  • "To purge yourself of crippling sorrow, you'll need to express it." — get rid of unwanted feelings
  • "I'm doing a 24-hour purge and then starting a new diet." — emptying the intestinal tract
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repentance
3 uses
Pay her the debt you owe her, and unpay the villany you have done her: the one you may do with sterling money, and the other with current repentance.†
repentance = to feel regret for having done wrong and to desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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tyranny
2 uses
My lord, I found the prince in the next room, Washing with kindly tears his gentle cheeks, With such a deep demeanour in great sorrow That tyranny, which never quaff'd but blood, Would, by beholding him, have wash'd his knife With gentle eye-drops.†
tyranny = to control others harshly and unfairly; or a form of government with such control
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usurp
1 use
a witness'd usurpation
usurpation = taking control by force
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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