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Ratify, to confirm, to sanction, to make valid: “here, afore Heaven, I r. this my rich gift,” Tp. IV, 1, 8. “as doubtful whether what I see be true, until confirmed, signed, --ed by you,” Merch. III, 2, 149. “free power to r., augment, or alter . . . any thing,” H5 V, 2, 86. the articles . . . were --ed as he cried 'Thus let be', H8 I, 1, 170. “with Him above to r. the work,” Mcb. III, 6, 33. “a sealed compact, well --ed by law and heraldry,” Hml. I, 1, 87. “in the temple of great Jupiter our peace we'll r.” Cymb. V, 5, 483.
Peculiarly used by Holofernes: “here are only numbers --ed,” LLL IV, 2, 125 (perhaps == sanctioned and acknowledged in their excellence by careful observation; as the Alexandrine verse, in which the poem in question is written, shows the good schooling of its author).
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