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Subscribe, 1) to underwrite (one's name); absol.: “my uncle's fool --d for Cupid,” Ado I, 1, 41. “write to him; I will s.” Ant. IV, 5, 14. With to: “s. to your deep oaths, and keep it too,” LLL I, 1, 23. “if my tongue did e'er solicit, or my hand s. to any syllable that made love to you,” Per. II, 5, 69. Transitively, == to write or place underneath: “s. your names,” LLL I, 1, 19. “they shall s. them for large sums of gold,” R2 I, 4, 50 (underwrite their names).
2) to sign and attest with one's own hand: “he hath not yet --d this,” H5 V, 2, 363. “--d by the consuls,” Cor. V, 6, 82. “--d it,” Hml. V, 2, 52.
3) to become surety, to guaranty; with for: “I know thou'rt valiant; and, to the possibility of thy soldiership, will s. for thee,” All's III, 6, 89 (I warrant that thou wilt do all that thou possibly canst). “I will s. for thee, thou art both knave and fool,” IV, 5, 34.
4) to admit of, to grant, to acknowledge: “as I s. not that, nor any other, but in the loss of question,” Meas. II, 4, 89. “I will s. him a coward,” Ado V, 2, 59. “will you s. his thought?” Troil. II, 3, 156. With to, in the same sense: plead a new state in thy unrivalled merit, to which I thus s.: Sir Valentine, thou art a gentleman etc., Gent. V, 4, 145. “but when I had --d to mine own fortune and informed her fully,” All's V, 3, 96 (acknowledged, confessed the state of my affairs).
5) to yield, to confess one's self to be in the wrong, to submit: if I have fewest (roses), “I s. in silence,” H6A II, 4, 44. “which fear if better reasons can supplant, I will s. and say I wronged the duke,” H6B III, 1, 38. “all cruels else s.,” Lr. III, 7, 65. With to, == to submit to, to acknowledge the superiority of, to pay respect to, to obey: “death to me --s, since spite of him I'll live in this poor rhyme,” Sonn. 107, 10. “to your pleasure humbly I s.” Shr. I, 1, 81. “Hector in his blaze of wrath --s to tender objects,” Troil. IV, 5, 105. “we will all s. to thy advice,” Tit. IV, 2, 130. Transitively, == to make to be inferior, to reduce to the state of dependency: “the king gone to-night! --d his power!” Lr. I, 2, 24 (Ff prescribed).
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