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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
when you have spoken your speech, enter into that brake; and so every one according to his cue.
according to = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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approach
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
Approach, ye furies fell!†
approach = come near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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audacious
1 use
the rattling tongue of saucy and audacious eloquence
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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beseech
3 uses
But I beseech your grace that I may know
The worst that may befall me in this case
If I refuse to wed Demetrius.
beseech = ask or beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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comprehend
2 uses
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
comprehends = understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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condolence
2 uses
a lover is more condoling.
condoling = showing grief
DefinitionGenerally condolence means:
an expression of sympathy to another who is in sorrow — typically in grief over a death in the family
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confound
2 uses
...confounding oath on oath.
confounding = frustrating (preventing the fulfillment of)
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
  • "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
  • "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
  • "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
  • "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
  • "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
make worse
  • "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
  • "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
  • "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
  • "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
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conjure
1 use
A trim exploit, a manly enterprise,
To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes
With your derision!
conjure = bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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dissent
1 use
And this same progeny of evils comes from our debate, from our dissension:
dissension = disagreement

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine!
divine = wonderful or god-like
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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exeunt
17 uses
[Exeunt DEMETRIUS and HELENA.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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fawn
1 use
  I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius,
  The more you beat me, I will fawn on you:
  Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
  Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
  Unworthy as I am, to follow you.†
fawn = show excessive affection
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fawn means:
showing excessive flattery or affection
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flout
2 uses
Is't not enough, is't not enough, young man, That I did never, no, nor never can Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius' eye, But you must flout my insufficiency?†
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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harbinger
1 use
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger
harbinger = an indication of the approach of something

(editor's note:  Aurora is the goddess of morning. This references the Morning Star (Venus) when it is seen in the east just before sunrise. So Robin is saying that morning is coming.)
DefinitionGenerally harbinger means:
an indication of the approach of something — especially something bad
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mock
7 uses
you mock me, gentlemen,
mock = make fun of
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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negligent
1 use
This is thy negligence:
negligence = insufficient care or attention
DefinitionGenerally negligent means:
insufficient care or attention (not being careful enough or not trying hard enough to fulfill a responsibility)
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notwithstanding
1 use
Oberon: [After explaining that they are spirits that are not troubled by sunlight]:  But, notwithstanding, haste; make no delay: We may effect this business yet ere day.
notwithstanding = despite what was just said
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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prodigious
1 use
Nor mark prodigious,
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
I'll make her render up her page to me.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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wither
3 uses
But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd
Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.
withering = shriveling (wrinkling, contracting, and drying out from age)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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