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deign


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deign  \Deign\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Deigned};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Deigning}.]  [OE.  deinen  deignen,  OF  degner,  deigner, 
  daigner  F.  daigner  fr  L.  dignari  to  deem  worthy,  deign, 
  fr  dignus  worthy;  akin  to  decere  to  be  fitting.  See 
  {Decent},  and  cf  {Dainty},  {Dignity},  {Condign},  {Disdain}.] 
  1.  To  esteem  worthy;  to  consider  worth  notice;  --  opposed  to 
  disdain.  [Obs.] 
 
  I  fear  my  Julia  would  not  deign  my  lines.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  condescend  to  give  or  bestow;  to  stoop  to  furnish;  to 
  vouchsafe;  to  allow  to  grant. 
 
  Nor  would  we  deign  him  burial  of  his  men.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deign  \Deign\,  v.  i. 
  To  think  worthy;  to  vouchsafe;  to  condescend;  -  -  followed  by 
  an  infinitive. 
 
  O  deign  to  visit  our  forsaken  seats.  --Pope. 
 
  Yet  not  Lord  Cranstone  deigned  she  greet.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  Round  turned  he  as  not  deigning  Those  craven  ranks  to 
  see  --Macaulay. 
 
  Note:  In  early  English  deign  was  often  used  impersonally. 
 
  Him  deyneth  not  to  set  his  foot  to  ground. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deign 
  v  :  do  something  that  one  considers  to  be  below  one's  dignity 
  [syn:  {condescend},  {descend}] 




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