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Approve, 1) to like, to be pleased with, to admit the propriety of: “I no way a. his opinion,” Tw. IV, 2, 60. “I muse my mother does not a. me further,” Cor. III, 2, 8. “his scorn I a.” Oth. IV, 3, 52. “I a. your wisdom in the deed,” Ant. V, 2, 149. In a stronger sense == to be fond of: “suffering my friend for my sake to a. her,” Sonn. 42, 8. “that so a. the Moor,” Oth. II, 1, 44. “my love doth so a. him,” IV, 3, 19. And in a weaker sense == to assent to, to give credit: “but the main article I do a. in fearful sense,” Oth. I, 3, 11 (== believe).
2) to experience, to try: “I desperate now a. desire is death,” Sonn. 147, 7. “'tis the curse in love, and still --d,” Gentl. V, 4, 43. “on whose eyes I might a. this flower's force,” Mids. II, 2, 68. “when they have --d their virtues,” Wint. IV, 2, 31. “must a. the common saw,” Lr. II, 2, 167. “I have well --d it,” Oth. II, 3, 317. “a. me, lord,” H4A IV, 1, 9 (== try me, put me to the proof). Approved == tried, proved to be so by experiment: “of --d valour,” Ado II, 1, 394. IV, 1, 45. IV, 1, 45 Err. V, 103. Shr. I, 1, 7. 2, 3. All's I, 2, 10. 3, 234. R2 II, 3, 44. H4A I, 1, 54. Tit. V, 1, 1. Oth. I, 3, 77. II, 1, 49.
3) to prove, to justify: “a. it with a text,” Merch. III, 2, 79. “my growth would a. the truth,” H4B I, 2, 180. cf. H4B I, 2, 180 “which well --s you 're great in fortune,” All's III, 7, 13. “that my sword upon thee shall a.” Tit. II, 1, 35. Mcb. I, 6, 4. Lr. I, 1, 187. II, 4, 186. Oth. II, 3, 64. With a double accus.: “slander doth but a. thy worth the greater,” Sonn. 70, 5. R2 I, 3, 112. H6A V, 5, 69. H6B III, 2, 22. Lr. III, 5, 12. Cymb. IV, 2, 380. V, 5, 245. “I shall not fail to a. the fair conceit the king hath of you,” H8 II, 3, 74, i. e. to justify, to confirm it by showing it to be true. “I am full sorry that he --s the common liar,” Ant. I, 1, 60, i. e. confirms the public slander by his behaviour. “That he may a. our eyes,” Hml. I, 1, 29, i. e. that he may affirm what we have seen. “He that is --d in this offence,” Oth. II, 3, 211, i. e. proved to have committed this offence. “True swains shall a. their truths by Troilus,” Troil. III, 2, 181, i. e. avouch their faith by comparing themselves to Troilus.
4) to make approved, to commend: “it would not much a. me,” Hml. V, 2, 141. “all that may men a. or men detect,” Per. II, 1, 55.
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