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Present, vb. 1) to introduce: “let's p. him to the duke like a Roman conqueror,” As IV, 2, 3. “thou shalt p. me as an eunuch to him,” Tw. I, 2, 56. “and there p. yourself and your fair princess fore Leontes,” Wint. IV, 4, 555. Wint. IV, 4, 555 H6B V, 1, 59. H8 II, 2, 98. Lr. V, 3, 294. Cymb. III, 4, 176.
2) to offer: “to take advantage on --ed joy,” Ven. 405. “a remedy --s itself,” Meas. III, 1, 204. “a blinking idiot --ing me a schedule,” Merch. II, 9, 55. “this theatre --s more woeful pageants,” As II, 7, 138. “we shall p. our services to a fine new prince,” Wint. II, 1, 17. “p. your hand,” V, 3, 107. “the vilest stroke that ever staring rage --ed to the tears of soft remorse,” John IV, 3, 50. “within this coffin I p. thy buried fear,” R2 V, 6, 30. “he --s no mark to the enemy,” H4B III, 2, 284. IV, 1, 206. H6B V, 1, 66. R3 IV, 4, 274. Cor. IV, 5, 101. V, 6, 31. Caes. I, 3, 51. III, 2, 101. Mcb. III, 2, 31. Lr. II, 3, 11. Oth. I, 3, 124 (== to lay before). to p. sth. to a person == to make a person a present of sth.: “p. the fair steed to my lady Cressid,” Troil. V, 5, 2. “hath --ed to you four horses,” Tim. I, 2, 188. V, 1, 19.
3) to show: “jealousy --eth to mine eye the picture of a chafing boar,” Ven. 661. “this huge stage --eth nought but shows,” Sonn. 15, 3. “my soul's imaginary sight --s thy shadow to my sightless view,” 27, 10. “thou --est a pure unstained prime,” 70, 8. “I will discase me and myself p. as I was sometime Milan,” Tp. V, 85. “the folly of my soul dares not p. itself,” Wiv. II, 2, 253. “the truth being known, we'll all p. ourselves,” IV, 4, 63. “to what end their shallow shows should be --ed at our tent to us,” LLL V, 2, 307. As IV, 3, 104. Wint. II, 1, 42. IV, 4, 67. John IV, 2, 266. H4A III, 1, 183. H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. H8 I, 1, 30. Troil. III, 2, 81. Cor. III, 2, 1. Tim. IV, 3, 192. Tim. IV, 3, 192 Caes. II, 1, 110. Oth. II, 1, 249. Per. I, 3, 30. II, 2, 3. II, 2, 3
4) to represent; a) to supply the place of: “you are to p. the prince's own person,” Ado III, 3, 79. “the image of the king whom I --ed,” H4B V, 2, 79. the other (colour of our house) “his pale cheek --eth,” H6C II, 5 H6C II, 5 b) to act, to perform: “when I --ed Ceres,” Tp. IV, 167. “must my sweet Nan p. the Fairy Queen,” Wiv. IV, 6, 20. “you shall p. the Nine Worthies,” LLL V, 1, 124. LLL V, 1, 124 LLL V, 1, 124 LLL V, 1, 124 V, 2, 519. V, 2, 519 V, 2, 519 V, 2, 519 Mids. III, 1, 62. Mids. III, 1, 62 III, 2, 14. V, 132. V, 132 V, 132 V, 132 H5 V Chor. H5 V Chor. H5 V Chor.. Ant. V, 2, 217.
5) to p. a person with sth. == to present sth. to a person: “the king would have me p. the princess with some delightful ostentation,” LLL V, 1, 117. “I do p. you with a man of mine, cunning in music and the mathematics,” Shr. II, 55. “I did p. him with the Paris balls,” H5 II, 4, 131. “where I hope to be --ed by your victories with Charles, Alençon, and that traitorous rout,” H6A IV, 1, 172. “here comes the townsmen on procession, to p. your highness with the man,” H6B II, 1, 69. “and with his gifts p. your lordships,” Tit. IV, 2, 14.
6) to accuse, to bring an action against: “you would p. her at the leet, because she brought stone jugs and no sealed quarts,” Shr. Ind. 2, 89.
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