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"dispatch" appears within the following entries:
Advise (verb active)
...se Lost. A posting messenger, dispatch'd from hence, Of this fair tr...
...to a village not far off; and dispatching his horse in some sort, th...
Court (noun)
... in the tragedy must come and dispatch his business, rather than in ...
Draw (verb active)
...o two books, which Hesiod has dispatched in half a one. Addis. T...
Great (noun)
...ling'ring it out, By day will dispatch. Tusser's Husbandry for Augus...
Hand (noun)
...ar hand, where there is small dispatch. Bacon, Essay 26. Terms; ...
Keen (adjective)
...found a man. Shakespeare.Keen dispatch of real hunger. Milton.The sh...
...ancy of transcribers, who, to dispatch their work the sooner, used t...
Set (verb active)
...n. No sooner is one action dispatched, which we are set upon, but...
...;         dispatch me hence: Come, answer not; b...
...h mended pace;A world of woes dispatched in little space. Dryden.Why...

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    1. Did Johnson write a preface or introduction to his dictionary? I want to use such a preface as a type of essay for use in my Advanced Composition class.

      Thank you,
      Sr. Mary Dominic

    2. Sr. Mary Dominic Pitts, O.P. on May 24th, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    3. Yes, he did. The Preface is transcribed here, and can be seen in Page View on pages 2 through 11.

    4. Brandi on May 24th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    5. ahead

    6. Anonymous on January 6th, 2014 at 10:30 pm
    7. Hi I am writing a paper about Johnson’s dictionary and I and frustrated cause I can’t find anywhere what did he mean by “n.s.”??!!! I’m pretty sure that “n” is for “noun” but what is the “s”????!!!

    8. Bo Wang on May 3rd, 2014 at 10:38 pm
    9. n.s. = “noun substantive”

    10. Mark on May 4th, 2014 at 12:50 am

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