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Confirm, 1) to make firm, to strengthen: “let confusion of one part c. the other's peace,” John II, 359. “which elder days shall ripen and c. to more approved service,” R2 II, 3, 43. “his alliance will c. our peace,” H6A V, 5, 42. “to c. that amity with nuptial knot,” H6C III, 3, 54. “thou dost c. his happiness for ever,” R3 I, 2, 209. “whose strength I will c. with oath,” Cymb. II, 4, 64. -- Partic. confirmed == firmly fixed, stably settled, not to be shaken: “in vain I spurn at my --ed despite,” Lucr. 1026. “like a constant and --ed devil,” Lucr. 1026 “of approved valour and --ed honesty,” Ado II, 1, 395. “which I will do with --ed countenance,” V, 4, 17. has such a --ed countenance, cor. I, 3, 65. “thy age --ed, proud, subtle,” R3 IV, 4, 171 (but perhaps age --ed == riper age). cf. True-confirmed.
2) to corroborate, to make more obligatory: “c. his welcome with some special favour,” Gentl. II, 4, 101. to c. it (your oath) “plain, you gave me this,” LLL V, 2, 452. “--ed by mutual joinder of your hands,” Tw. V, 160. “and to c. his goodness, tied it by letters-patents,” H8 III, 2, 249. “this, to c. my welcome,” I, 4, 37. “which to c., this coronet part betwixt you,” Lr. I, 1, 140.
3) to put past doubt, to ratify: “these likelihoods c. her flight,” Gentl. V, 2, 43. “his incivility --s no less,” Err. IV, 4, 49. Ado III, 3, 169. IV, 1, 152. All's IV, 3, 69. Tw. III, 4, 205. V, 260. H8 II, 1, 159. Mcb. V, 1, 21. V, 3, 31. V, 8, 41. Oth. I, 3, 7. Cymb. II, 4, 139. III, 4, 130. IV, 2, 328. Per. V, 1, 203. “I have told more of you to myself than you can with modesty speak in your own behalf; and thus far I c. you,” Tim. I, 2, 98 (i. e. to that extent I am past doubt concerning you; my belief in you goes the length of what I told myself about you).
4) to assent to, to establish by assent, to ratify: “--ed, sealed, ratified by you,” Merch. III, 2, 149. “our souls religiously c. thy words,” John IV, 3, 73. “have --ed conspiracy with fearful France,” H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. “what she says I'll c.” H6A I, 2, 128. “c. it so, mine honourable lord,” IV, 1, 122. “what we do establish, he --s,” H6B III, 1, 317. “let me c. my princely brother's greeting,” Troil. IV, 5, 174. “I would the Gods had nothing else to do but to c. my curses,” Cor. IV, 2, 46. “c. the crown to me and to mine heirs,” H6C I, 1, 172. “he's not --ed; we may deny him yet,” Cor. II, 3, 217.
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