Forms: 4 resun, 5 resoune, 5–7 reson, 6 rai-, rayson, reazon, Sc. resson, 5– reason.
†1.1 trans. To question (a person); to call (one) to account. = areason v. Obs. rare.
2.2 †a.2.a intr. To hold argument, discussion, discourse or talk with another. Obs.
The precise sense depends greatly on the context.
†b.2.b (Without const.) To argue, discourse, converse, talk. Obs.
†c.2.c Const. about, against, of, on (a matter). Obs.
d.2.d To employ reasoning or argument with a person, in order to influence his conduct or opinions.
3. a.3.a intr. To think in a connected, sensible, or logical manner; to employ the faculty of reason in forming conclusions (in general, or in a particular instance).
In early use not clearly distinguished from 2 b.
b.3.b Const. from (premises or data); about, of, upon (a subject).
4.4 With object-clause: a.4.a To question, discuss what, why, etc.
b.4.b To argue, conclude, infer that, etc.
c.4.c To say by way of argument. nonce-use.
5.5 trans. a.5.a To discuss or argue (a matter). Now rare.
b.5.b To explain, support, infer, deal with, by (or as by) reasoning. nonce-uses.
6. a.6.a To bring (a person) into, out of (a state of mind, etc.) by reasoning.
b.6.b To put down by reasoning.
c.6.c To drive away or off by reasoning.
7.7 To think out, to arrange the thought of, in a logical manner.
8.8 To provide with reason; to accompany with a reason. nonce-uses.
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1.1 Introduction to the noun group
At its simplest, we use language to talk about people and things. We do this by using words in a variety of ways, for example to make statements, to ask questions, and to give orders. The words we choose are arranged into groups, either around a noun or around a verb. They are called noun groups and verb groups.
Noun groups tell us which people or things are being talked about. Verb groups tell us what is being said about them, for example what they are doing.
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