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Ay. adv. [perhaps from aio, Lat.]

  1. Yes; an adverb of answering affirmatively.

    Return you thither? — — —
    Ay, madam, with the swiftest wing of speed.
    Shakesp. All's well that ends well.

    What say'st thou? Wilt thou be of our consort?
    Say ay; and be the captain of us all.
    Shakesp. Two Gentlemen of Verona.

  2. It is a word by which the sense is enforced; even; yes, certainly; and more than that.

    Remember it, and let it make thee crest-fall'n;
    Ay, and allay this thy abortive pride.
    Shakesp. Henry VI.

Sources: Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well (21) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 (49) · Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona (41)

Attributes: Adverb (147) · Latin (690)

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