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comply to compliment: “Let me comply with you in this garb” HAMLET, ii. 2. 368 ( “compliantly assume this dress and fashion of behaviour,” CALDECOTT) ; “He did comply with his dug before he sucked it,” HAMLET, v. 2. 182. ( “was complaisant with, treated with apish ceremony,” CALDECOTT) Compare “Flatterie hath taken such habit in man's affections, that it is in moste men altera natura: yea, the very sucking babes hath a kind of adulation towards their nurses for the dugge.Ulpian Fulwel's Arte of Flatterie,— Preface to the Reader,—1579, 4to (Mr. Singer asserts that in both the above passages of Shakespeare comply with means“embrace,” and he compares, in Herrick, “Witty Ovid, by
Whom fair Corinna sits, and doth comply,
With iv'ry wrists, his laureat head,” etc.).

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