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Fashion (verb)

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To Fa'shion. v.a. [façonner, French, from the noun.]

  1. To form; to mould; to figure.

    He loves me well, and I have giv'n him reasons;
    Send him but hither, and I'll fashion him.
    Shak. Jul. Cæsar.

    Did not he that made me in the womb, make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb? Job xxxi 15.

    The graves of the rebellious generations were already fashioned in the clouds, which soon after should swallow up all living creatures. Raleigh's History of the World.

    The rib he form'd, and fashion'd with his hands:
    Under his forming hands a creature grew,
    Man like, but different sex.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    Inability will every one find in himself, who shall go about to fashion in his understanding any simple idea, not received by his senses from external objects, or by reflection from the operations of his mind about them. Locke.

    How could this noble fabrick be design'd,
    And fashion'd, by a maker brute and blind?
    Could it be of art such miracles invent?
    And raise a beautious world of such extent?
    Blackm. Creat.

    A different toil another forge employs,
    Here the loud hammer fashions female toys;
    Each trinket that adorns the modern dame,
    First to these little artists ow'd its frame.
    Gay's Fan.

  2. To fit; to adapt; to accommodate.

    Laws ought to be fashioned unto the manners and conditions of the poeple to whom they are meant, and not to be imposed upon them according to the simple rule of right. Spenser.

    Ne do, I doubt, but that ye well can fashion
    Yourselves thereto, according to occasion.
    Hubb. Tale.

    Nature, as it grows again tow'rds earth,
    Is fashion'd for the journey, dull and heavy.
    Shakes. Timon.

                              This cardinal,
    Though from an humble stock undoubtedly,
    Was fashion'd to much honour from his cradle.
    Sh. H. VIII.

  3. To cast into external appearance.

    It better fits my blood to be disdained of all, than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any. Sh. Much Ado about Nothing.

  4. To make according to the rule prescribed by custom.

    The value of the labour employed about one parcel of silver more than another, makes a difference in their price; and thus fashioned plate sells for more than its weight. Locke.

Sources: Blackmore, Richard (24) · Gay, John (51) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · The Bible - Job (27) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (23) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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