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Avouch, vb., 1) to assert, maintain: to make trial of that which every one had before --ed, Lucr. Arg. H4B II, 4, 277 “I speak and I a.” Wiv. II, 1, 138. “this --es the shepherd's son,” Wint. V, 2, 69. “if this which he --es does appear,” Mcb. V, 5, 47. “will prove what is --ed there,” Lr. V, 1, 44.
2) opposed to disavow == to own, to acknowledge, to answer for, to make good: “you will think you have made no offence, if the duke a. the justice of your dealing?” Meas. IV, 2, 200. “then my account I well may give, and in the stocks a. it,” Wint. IV, 3, 22. “I'll a. it to his head,” Mids. I, 1, 106. “dare not a. in your deeds any of your words,” H5 V, 1, 77. “a. the thoughts of your heart with the looks of an empress,” H5 V, 2, 253. what I have said I will a. in presence of the king, R3 1, 3, 1, 3 “if you'll a. 'twas wisdom Paris went,” Troil. II, 2, 84. “though I could with barefaced power sweep him from my sight and bid my will a. it,” Mcb. III, 1, 120. “is this well spoken? I dare a. it,” Lr. II, 4, 240.
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