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Grace, vb. 1) to give, in any manner, a good appearance to, to set off, to adorn, to dignify, to exalt: “when sighs and groans and tears may g. the fashion of her disgrace,” Lucr. 1319. “eyes this cunning want to g. their art,” Sonn. 24, 13. “and with his presence g. impiety,” 67, 2. “arts with thy sweet graces --d be,” 78, 12. “swear that brightness doth not g. the day,” 150, 4. “their purposed trim pieces not his grace, but were all --d by him,” Compl. 119. “a lily pale, with damask dye to g. her,” Pilgr. 89. “Tunis was never --d with such a paragon,” Tp. II, 1, 74. Gent. II, 2, 18. II, 4, 74. Ado II, 3, 41. LLL I, 1, 3. V, 2, 72. V, 2, 72 All's I, 1, 91. Wint. V, 1, 22. John II, 348. IV, 2, 62. R2 I, 4, 9. III, 4, 99. V, 6, 51. H4A V, 1, 92. H4B I, 1, 129. H6A V, 5, 3. H6B V, 1, 98. H6C V, 3, 2. R3 III, 5, 11. IV, 4, 383. V, 5, 6. Cor. I, 1, 268. Tit. V, 2, 17. Caes. I, 1, 39. III, 1, 120. Oth. I, 3, 88. Ant. IV, 14, 136. Cymb. V, 5, 406.
2) to do honour: “whom they doted on and blessed and --d more than the king,” H4B IV, 1, 139. “we g. the yeoman by conversing with him,” H6A II, 4, 81. “and --d thy poor sire with his bridal-day,” H6C II, 2, 155. “g. his speech tending to Caesar's glories,” Caes. III, 2, 62. “to g. us with your royal company,” Mcb. III, 4, 45. “to g. him only,” Cor. V, 3, 15. To g. one's self == to gain credit and honour: “if he do not mightily g. himself on thee,” As I, 1, 155. “to do yourself good and not to g. me,” V, 2, 64. “to g. himself under the form of a soldier,” H5 III, 6, 71.
3) to exalt, to praise: “I will g. the attempt for a worthy exploit,” All's III, 6, 71.
4) to favour: “--d by the emperor,” Gent. I, 3, 58. “to g. the gentry of a land remote,” John V, 2, 31. “to intrude where I am --d,” Tit. II, 1, 27. “as we list to g. him,” Lr. V, 3, 61 (or == to raise his dignity).
5) to gratify, to make happy: “what comfortable hour . . . that ever --d me in thy company,” R3 IV, 4, 174.
6) Arbitrarily derived from the subst., == to speak of grace: “g. me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle,” R2 II, 3, 87 (== do not talk to me of graee).
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