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Match, vb. 1) trans. a) to join, to sort, to pair in any way: “a sharp wit --ed with too blunt a will,” LLL II, 49. “God m. me with a good dancer,” Ado II, 1, 111. “--ed in mouth like bells,” Mids. IV, 1, 128. “I could m. this beginning with an old tale,” As I, 2, 127. “here comes another of the tribe: a third cannot be --ed, unless the devil himself turn Jew,” Merch. III, 1, 81. “this --ed with other,” H4A I, 1, 49. “such rude society as thou art --ed withal,” III, 2, 15. “when we have --ed our rackets to these balls,” H5 I, 2, 261. “his few bad words are --ed with as few good deeds,” III, 2, 41. Used of combatants meeting in fight: “the harder --ed, the greater victory,” H6C V, 1, 70. “unequal --ed Pyrrhus at Priam drives,” Hml. II, 2, 493 (Ff match).
b) to marry, to make husband or wife: “to have him --ed,” Shr. IV, 4, 32. “his daughter meanly have I --ed in marriage,” R3 IV, 3, 37. “to have her --ed,” Rom. III, 5, 180. “to m. you where I hate,” Lr. I, 1, 213. With to: “to m. Sir Thurio to my daughter,” Gent. III, 1, 62. With with: “whom should we m. with Henry,” H6A V, 5, 66.
c) to compare: “to m. us in comparisons with dirt,” Troil. I, 3, 194. that fair . . . with tender Juliet --ed, is now not fair, Rom. II Prol. 4. “to m. you with her country forms,” Oth. III, 3, 237.
d) to equal, to rival: “all love's pleasure shall not m. his woe,” Ven. 1140. “thy odour --eth not thy show,” Sonn. 69, 13. As III, 2, 374. All's II, 1, 213. Wint. V, 3, 72. R3 IV, 2, 37. IV, 4, 66. Troil. IV, 5, 259. Tim. I, 1, 5. Lr. IV, 7, 2. Oth. III, 3, 183. III, 4, 68.
e) to cope with, to oppose as equal in combat: “that I can m. her,” Mids. III, 2, 305. “if you oppose yourselves to m. Lord Warwick,” H6B V, 1, 156. “I would my arms could m. thee in contention,” Troil. IV, 5, 205. “'twould be a sight indeed, if one could m. you,” Hml. IV, 7, 101. “I must go up and down like a cock that nobody can m.” Cymb. II, 1, 24.
2) intr. a) to marry, to take a husband or a wife: “I hold it a sin to m. in my kindred,” Ado II, 1, 68. “half won is match well made; m. and well make it,” All's IV, 3, 254. “she'll not m. above her degree,” Tw. I, 3, 116. “had he --ed according to his state,” H6C II, 2, 152. “--ing more for wanton lust than honour,” III, 3, 210. Followed by with: “to m. with her,” H6B I, 1, 131.
b) to cope, to meet in combat: “strength --ed with strength, and power confronted power,” John II, 330.
c) to suit, to tally: “as --ing to his youth and vanity, I did present him with the Paris balls,” H5 II, 4, 130.
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