compass (v.) Old form(s): compasse , compast
accomplish, fulfil, achieve, bring about
1H6 V.iv.48[Pucelle to all] You judge it straight a thing impossible / To compass wonders but by help of devils
E3 IV.i.37[Salisbury to Villiers] if thou canst not compass my desire
MW III.iii.188[Ford to his companions, of Falstaff] Maybe the knave bragged of that he could not compass
Oth I.iii.355[Iago to Roderigo, of Desdemona] Seek thou rather to be hanged in compassing thy joy than to be drowned and go without her
Oth II.i.233[Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] putting on the mere form of civil and humane seeming for the better compassing of his salt and most hidden loose affection
Per I.i.25[Pericles to the gods] be my helps ... / To compass such a boundless happiness!
Tem III.ii.58[Stephano to Caliban, of the plan to kill Prospero] How now shall this be compassed?
TN I.ii.45.2[Captain to Viola, of her staying unrevealed to the world] That were hard to compass
Ven.567[] Things out of hope are compassed oft with vent'ring
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