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Julius Caesar
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abridge
1 use
So are we Caesar's friends, that have abridged his time of fearing death.
abridged = shortened
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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apprehensive
1 use
men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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attain
3 uses
...But 'tis a common proof,
That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But, when he once attains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend.
attains = gains or reaches something with effort

(editor's note: No Fear Shakespeare translates this as:  But everyone knows that an ambitious young man uses humility to advance himself, but when he reaches the top, he turns his back on his supporters and reaches for the skies while scorning those who helped him get where he is.)
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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augment
1 use
what he is, augmented, would run to these and these extremities:
augmented = enlarged or increased (in this case, if Caesar were to get more power)
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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capitol
21 uses
Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol?
capitol = the main building (or buildings) of government

This is often confused with capital ("al" instead of "ol").  Capital references the city from which a nation is governed.
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censure
1 use
censure me in your wisdom
censure = correct (criticize)
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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construe
3 uses
But men may construe things after their fashion,
Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.
construe = to interpret something as having a specific meaning
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
O masters, if I were disposed to stir
Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong,
Who, you all know, are honourable men:
disposed = inclined (in the mood to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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dwell
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
It dwells in the forest.
Where do you dwell?
dwell = live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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entreat
4 uses
Am I entreated, then, To speak and strike?
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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flourish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the business is flourishing
Then I, and you, and all of us fell down, Whilst bloody treason flourish'd over us.
flourish'd = grew
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
to thrive (grow or develop well)
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2  —3 uses as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
[A crowd of people in the street leading to the Capitol, among them Artemidorus and the Soothsayer. Flourish. Enter Caesar, Brutus, ..., and others.]
flourish = fanfare played by trumpets to announce the entry or exit of royalty

(editor's note:  Today, flourish more commonly refers to any showy gesture.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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moreover
2 uses
That's all I seek: And am moreover suitor that I may Produce his body to the market-place; And in the pulpit, as becomes a friend, Speak in the order of his funeral.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
for I perceive but cold demeanor in Octavius' wing
perceive = to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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redress
6 uses
What is now amiss
That Caesar and his Senate must redress?
redress = make amends for
DefinitionGenerally redress means:
fix a problem; or make amends for a wrong
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
And public reasons shall be rendered
rendered = given
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Never fear that: if he be so resolved,
I can o'ersway him, for he loves to hear
That unicorns may be betray'd with trees,
And bears with glasses, elephants with holes,
Lions with toils, and men with flatterers:
But when I tell him he hates flatterers,
He says he does, being then most flattered.
resolved = decided
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.
I am fresh of spirit, and resolved to meet all perils very constantly.
resolved = determined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb'd
And as he pluck'd his cursed steel away,
Mark how the blood of Caesar follow'd it,
As rushing out of doors, to be resolved
If Brutus so unkindly knock'd, or no;
For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel:
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!
resolved = settled (solved or found out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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scorn
2 uses
He reads much; He is a great observer, and he looks Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays, As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music: Seldom he smiles; and smiles in such a sort As if he mock'd himself and scorn'd his spirit That could be moved to smile at any thing.
scorn'd = treating with disrespect or disdain

(editor's note: No Fear Shakespeare translates this as:  But everyone knows that an ambitious young man uses humility to advance himself, but when he reaches the top, he turns his back on his supporters and reaches for the skies while scorning those who helped him get where he is.)
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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