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approve to ratify, to confirm: “approve it with a text,” THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, iii. 2. 79 ; “to approve the fair conceit The king hath of you” HENRY VIII., ii. 3. 74 ; ( “to strengthen, by my commendation, the [good] opinion which the king has formed [of you],” JOHNSON) “Your favour is well approved by your tongue,” CORIOLANUS, iv. 3. 9 ; ( “appeared,” Cambridge ) “He may approve our eyes,” HAMLET, i. 1. 29 ; ( “make good the testimony of,” MALONE ) “approve the common saw,” KING LEAR, ii. 2. 155 ( “exemplify the common proverb,” JOHNSON) “he approves the common liar” ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, i. 1. 60. (fame)

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