meaning (n.) Old form(s): meauing
design, intention, purpose
3H6 IV.vii.60[Edward to all] 'tis wisdom to conceal our meaning
AW III.vii.45[Helena to Widow, of her plot] wicked meaning in a lawful deed, / And lawful meaning in a lawful act
H5 I.ii.241[Ambassador to King Henry] shall we sparingly show you far off / The Dauphin's meaning and our embassy?
KL I.ii.170[Edmund to Edgar] I am no honest man if there be any good meaning toward you
KL V.iii.4[Cordelia to Lear] We are not the first / Who with best meaning have incurred the worst
R3 III.v.54[Buckingham to Lord Mayor, of him not being present at Hastings' death] the loving haste of these our friends, / Something against our meaning, have prevented [Q; F meanings]
Tim V.iv.59[Alcibiades to Senators] to atone your fears / With my more noble meaning
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