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Witness, subst. (plur. --es; but to be w., in the sense of testify, unchanged after plural nouns: Merch. II, 6, 32. Shr. IV, 2, 24. H6A II, 3, 9. H6B IV, 8, 65. R3 III, 4, 69. Tit. V, 1, 103. Tim. IV, 3, 486. cf. “to this I w. call the fools of time,” Sonn. 124, 13), 1) testimony, attestation: Ado IV, 2, 82. Merch. I, 3, 100. H6A III, 4, 37 “(in w.).” H6B III, 1, 168. H8 V, 1, 137. Cor. V, 3, 204. Tit. II, 3, 116. Mcb. II, 2, 47. With of subjectively: “may we, with the warrant of womanhood and the w. of a good conscience, pursue him,” Wiv. IV, 2, 220. “in foul mouth and in the w. of his proper ear to call him villain,” Meas. V, 310. “upon the w. of these gentlemen,” Hml. I, 2, 194. Objectively: “it is the w. still of excellency to put a strange face on his own perfection,” Ado II, 3, 48. “in w. of my love,” As III, 2, 1; Troil. III, 2, 61. H5 IV, 3, 97. H6B I, 3, 204. H6B I, 3, 204 Cor. IV, 5, 78. “to bear w.:” Sonn. 131, 11. Compl. 53. Gent. V, 4, 119. Wiv. II, 3, 36. Err. IV, 4, 80. Err. IV, 4, 80 Ado V, 2, 89. H5 IV, 8, 38. H8 II, 1, 59. III, 2, 425. “to bear a p. w.:” Ado II, 3, 240. H5 V, 2, 385. Ant. IV, 9, 5. “to bear w. to something:” Tp. III, 1, 68. Wint. IV, 4, 395. V, 1, 72.
2) one who, or a thing which, bears testimony: Sonn. 124, 13. Gent. IV, 2, 110. Wiv. IV, 2, 139. Meas. V, 167. Meas. V, 167 Err. V, 317. Ado III, 2, 132. LLL V, 2, 33. Merch. II, 6, 32. Shr. II, 322. IV, 4, 95. All's IV, 2, 24 “(take the Highest to w.).” Tw. V, 140. Wint. IV, 4, 288. Wint. IV, 4, 288 John II, 274. R2 II, 1, 130. H6A II, 3, 9. H6B I, 3, 192. IV, 8, 65. H6C III, 3, 138. H8 II, 1, 17. V, 1, 108. Troil. III, 2, 205. Tit. V, 3, 78. Tim. IV, 3, 486. Caes. V, 1, 74. Mcb. V, 1, 21. Oth. III, 4, 153. With of, objectively: Shr. II, 52. IV, 2, 24. R3 I, 2, 234. III, 4, 69. Tit. V, 1, 103. With to: “be w. to it,” Wint. IV, 4, 380. “your mother lives a w. to that vow,” R3 III, 7, 180. IV, 4, 5. Ant. IV, 9, 7. Cymb. II, 3, 156 (call w. to it). I am w. with her == I bear her w. Err. IV, 4, 92.
With a w. == palpably, grossly: “here's packing with a w.” Shr. V, 1, 121.
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