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Match, subst. a joining or meeting of two parties; 1) a marriage intended or made: “will it be a m.?” Gent. II, 5, 35. “the m. were rich and honourable,” III, 1, 63. III, 1, 63 IV, 3, 30. Wiv. IV, 6, 27. Err. III, 2, 94. Ado II, 1, 384. As III, 2, 87. Shr. II, 321. Shr. II, 321 III, 2, 244. John II, 430. John II, 430 John II, 430 H6A V, 3, 96. R3 I, 3, 102. Tit. I, 244. Rom. III, 5, 224. Oth. III, 3, 229. IV, 2, 125. V, 2, 205. Cymb. I, 1, 12. With between: “I would effect the m. between Sir Thurio and my daughter,” Gent. III, 2, 23. “we have lingered about a m. between Anne Page and my cousin Slender,” Wiv. III, 2, 58. to make a m. == to effect, to bring about a marriage: “his grace hath made the m.” Ado II, 1, 315. II, 2, 38. Shr. IV, 4, 46. John II, 468. Ant. II, 5, 67. “to make up:” John II, 541.
2) a game played between two parties; joined with the verbs to make and to play: “half won is m. well made,” All's IV, 3, 254. “make some pretty m. with shedding tears,” R2 III, 3, 165. “what cunning m. have you made with this jest of the drawer?” H4A II, 4, 101. “he hath made a m. with such a wrangler,” H5 I, 2, 264. “if two gods should play some heavenly m.” Merch. III, 5, 84. “assured loss before the m. be played,” John III, 1, 336. V, 2, 106. Rom. III, 2, 12. Hence == wager: “I dare you to this m.” Cymb. I, 4, 158. a m.! == done! agreed! Tp. II, 1, 34. Shr. V, 2, 74. “switch and spurs; or I'll cry a m.” Rom. II, 4, 74 (?). And == bargain: “there I have another bad m.” Merch. III, 1, 46. “I'll make my m. to live; the kiss you take is better than you give; therefore no kiss,” Troil. IV, 5, 37 (== I'll make a reasonable and valid bargain).
3) a meeting of two in combat: “art thou for Hector's m.?” Troil. V, 4, 28 (the modern: a match for Hector). “unequal m., Pyrrhus at Priam drives,” Hml. II, 2, 493 (Qq matched).
4) an agreement, appointment: shall we (meet tomorrow)? “wilt thou make the m.?” Ven. 586. “the hour is fixed, the m. is made,” Wiv. II, 2, 304. “this is the body that took away the m. from Isabel,” Meas. V, 211. “this is a m., and made between's by vows,” Wint. V, 3, 137. “now shall we know if Gadshill have set a m.” H4A I, 2, 119 (Ff watch). “the m. is made; she seals it with a courtsy,” H6C III, 2, 57. “thy hand upon that m.” Troil. IV, 5, 270. “you shall ha' it, worthy sir. A m., sir,” Cor. II, 3, 86. “Cadwal and I will play the cook and servant; 'tis our m.” Cymb. III, 6, 30.
5) equal, equality, equal measure: “she is no m. for you,” Wiv. III, 4, 77 (or == she is not fit to be your wife?). “the all-seeing sun ne'er saw her m.” Rom. I, 2, 98. “it were no m., your nail against his horn,” Troil. IV, 5, 46. “Clifford slew my steed, but m. to m. I have encountered him and made a prey for kites of the beast he loved so well,” H6B V, 2, 10 (== measure for measure). “that my integrity and truth to you might be affronted with the m. and weight of such a winnowed purity in love,” Troil. III, 2, 173.
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