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Witness, vb. to bear testimony: Err. I, 1, 34. Merch. V, 271. Shr. II, 338. John IV, 2, 218. H6A IV, 5, 43. H8 III, 2, 269. V, 3, 30. Tit. V, 1, 5. V, 3, 114. V, 3, 114 Tim. I, 1, 137 (I call the gods to w.; vb.?). III, 2, 56. III, 4, 25. Oth. III, 3, 463. Cymb. II, 2, 35. The subjunctive imperatively or optatively: “heaven w., I have been . . .,” H8 II, 4, 22. “thy conscience w.” Cymb. III, 4, 48. with inversion: “w. this primrose bank,” Ven. 151. “w. the entertainment that he gave,” Ven. 151 “w. heaven,” Gent. II, 6, 25. “w. you that he is borne about invisible,” Err. V, 186. “ever w. for him those twins of learning,” H8 IV, 2, 57. H5 II, 4, 53. IV, 8, 54. H6B II, 4, 86. III, 1, 292. H6C V, 7, 32. R3 I, 3, 267. Troil. IV, 1, 8. Tit. III, 1, 119. V, 2, 22--25. V, 3, 63. Caes. V, 1, 31. Hml. IV, 4, 47. Lr. V, 3, 77.
With to: “I w. to the times that brought them in,” Wint. IV, 1, 11. “thereto w. may my surname,” Cor. IV, 5, 73.
With with: “thus far I w. with him, that he dined at home,” Err. V, 254. Err. V, 254 “God w. with me . . . how cold it struck my heart,” H4B IV, 5, 150. R2 IV, 63. R3 IV, 4, 60.
With an object, transitively, == to give testimony to, to attest: “that my two ears can w.” Err. II, 1, 46. “comes not that blood as modest evidence to w. simple virtue,” Ado IV, 1, 39. “all the story . . . more --eth than fancy's images,” Mids. V, 25. “mine eye doth his effigies w. most truly limned and living in your face,” As II, 7, 193. “shall see thy virtue --ed,” III, 2, 8. “the strond whereon the imperious flood hath left a --ed usurpation,” H4B I, 1, 63 (== a witness of its usurpation, the traces of the ravage caused by it). “--ing the truth on our side,” H6A II, 4, 63. “w. my obedience,” Cymb. III, 4, 68. Err. V, 220. All's V, 3, 200. H4A II, 4, 515. H6B I, 3, 176. R3 III, 7, 70. Mcb. IV, 3, 184. Oth. I, 3, 170. Per. I, 4, 51. II, 5, 66.
Sometimes almost == to prove, to show: “to thee I send this written embassage, to w. duty, not to show my wit,” Sonn. 26, 4. “letters . . . whose contents shall w. to him I am near at home,” Meas. IV, 3, 99. “the sun sets weeping in the lowly west, --ing storms to come,” R2 II, 4, 22. Gent. IV, 4, 74. LLL IV, 1, 81.
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