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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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beguile
2 uses
How shall we beguile The lazy time, if not with some delight?
beguile = to charm someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm or enchant someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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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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chide
4 uses
Now I but chide, but I should use thee worse;
For thou, I fear, hast given me cause to curse.
chide = gently tell someone the did wrong
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Cupid
8 uses
I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow,
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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deride
4 uses
To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes with your derision!
derision = treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
How shall we find the concord of this discord?
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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discourse
4 uses
I am to discourse wonders
discourse = speak (of)
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
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disdain
2 uses
in love with a disdainful youth
disdainful = lacking respect
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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doting
9 uses
The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.
dote = love excessively
DefinitionGenerally doting means:
demonstrating love and uncritical affection
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entreat
5 uses
If she cannot entreat, I can compel.
entreat = persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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loathe
4 uses
O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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mirth
5 uses
Where is our usual manager of mirth?
mirth = fun and laughter
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Monsieur
11 uses
Where's Monsieur Mustardseed?
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
mortals = humans
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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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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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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revel
5 uses
But I will wed thee in another key,
With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling.
revelling = to take delight in; or to party
DefinitionGenerally revel means:
to take delight in

or:

to party — especially in a noisy way
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tedious
5 uses
O weary night, O long and tedious night, Abate thy hours!
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
  And this weak and idle theme,
  No more yielding but a dream,†
yielding = giving
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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2  —4 uses as in:
yield to pressure
  ...—and, Lysander, yield
  Thy crazed title to my certain right.†
yield = give up

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare simplifies this as, "And Lysander, stop acting like she's yours. I've got more of a right to her than you.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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