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The Merry Wives of Windsor
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adversary
1 use
For the which I will be thy adversary toward Anne Page: said I well?†
adversary = opponent
DefinitionGenerally adversary means:
an opponent
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affectation
1 use
Why, it is affectations.†
affectations = things done in an artificial way to make an impression
DefinitionGenerally affectation means:
behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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albeit
1 use
Albeit I will confess thy father's wealth Was the first motive that I wooed thee, Anne: Yet, wooing thee, I found thee of more value Than stamps in gold, or sums in sealed bags; And 'tis the very riches of thyself That now I aim at.†
albeit = although
DefinitionGenerally albeit means:
although (used to introduce a phrase that reduces or modifies the effect of what preceded it)
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attain
1 use
If opportunity and humblest suit Cannot attain it, why then,—hark you hither.†
attain = gain or reach something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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bestow
4 uses
If I find her honest, I lose not my labour; if she be otherwise, 'tis labour well bestowed.†
bestowed = gave
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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chide
1 use
] My husband will not rejoice so much at the abuse of Falstaff as he will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter; but 'tis no matter; better a little chiding than a great deal of heart break.†
chiding = scolding or criticizing
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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contrary
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to the contrary
Nay, I'll ne'er believe that; I have to show to the contrary.†
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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denotes
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Now thus it rests: Her father means she shall be all in white; And in that habit, when Slender sees his time To take her by the hand and bid her go, She shall go with him: her mother hath intended The better to denote her to the doctor,— For they must all be mask'd and vizarded— That quaint in green she shall be loose enrob'd, With ribands pendent, flaring 'bout her head; And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe, To pinch her by the hand: and, on that token, The maid hath given...†
denote = means literally; or indicates
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dissemble
1 use
You dissembling knight!†
dissembling = deceiving (hiding or disguising the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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ensconced
2 uses
She shall not see me; I will ensconce me behind the arras.†
ensconce = fixed firmly; or settled comfortably
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exeunt
36 uses
[Exeunt CAIUS and RUGBY.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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grievous
2 uses
I will tell you: he beat me grievously in the shape of a woman; for in the shape of man, Master Brook, I fear not Goliath with a weaver's beam, because I know also life is a shuttle.†
grievously = very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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importune
1 use
Have you importuned her to such a purpose?
importuned = begged
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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meddle
2 uses
You jack'nape; give-a dis letter to Sir Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge: I will cut his troat in de Park; and I will teach a scurvy jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make.†
meddle = interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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mockery
7 uses
I shall be rather praised for this than mocked;
mocked = made fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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procure
2 uses
By gar, me tank you for dat: by gar, I love you; and I shall procure-a you de good guest, de earl, de knight, de lords, de gentlemen, my patients.†
procure = get by special effort
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redress
1 use
If it be confessed, it is not redressed: is not that so, Master Page?†
redressed = fix a problem; or make up for a wrong
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remorse
1 use
The rogues slighted me into the river with as little remorse as...
remorse = feeling of regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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resolute
1 use
SLENDER
... I will marry her; that
I am freely dissolved, and dissolutely.

SIR HUGH EVANS
It is a fery discretion answer; save the fall is in
the ort 'dissolutely:' the ort is, according to our
meaning, 'resolutely.' his meaning is good.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief

(editor's note:  Slender meant to say the missing word when he said dissolutely.)
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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trifle with
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a trifling matter
O woman, if it were not for one trifling respect, I could come to such honour!†
trifling = something of small importance; or a small quantity
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