con (v.) Old form(s): cond , con'd , conn'd , conne
learn by heart, commit to memory
AYL III.ii.264[Jaques to Orlando, of Orlando's answers] have you not been acquainted with goldsmiths' wives, and conned them out of rings? [i.e. learned your answers from the ones inscribed inside rings]
Cor IV.i.11[Coriolanus to Volumnia] precepts that would make invincible / The heart that conned them
H5 III.vi.73[Gower to Fluellen, of people like Pistol boasting about the wars] this they con perfectly in the phrase of war
JC IV.iii.97[Cassius to Brutus, of himself] all his faults observed, / Set in a notebook, learned, and conned by rote
LLL V.ii.98[Boyet to Princess, of Mote] That well by heart hath conned his embassage
MND I.ii.93[Quince to all, of their parts] con them by tomorrow night
MND V.i.80[Philostrate to Theseus, of the rustics' play] conned with cruel pain, / To do you service
TC II.i.17[Thersites to Ajax] I think thy horse will sooner con an oration than thou learn a prayer without book
TN I.v.167[Viola as Cesario to Olivia, of her speech] I have taken great pains to con it
TN II.iii.141[Maria to Sir Toby, of Malvolio] he is ... an affectioned ass that cons state without book
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