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approve (1 and 3 are freq.; the ordinary mod. sense occurs)
1. to prove, demonstrate to be true, corroborate, confirm Mer.V. III. ii. 79 “approve it with a text,” All'sW. III. vii. 13 “which well approves You're great in fortune,” H8 II. iii. 74, Mac. I. vi. 4, Ham. I. i. 29 “He may approve our eyes,” Cym. V. v. 246.
2. to convict Ado IV. i. 44 “an approved wanton,” Oth. II. iii. 213 “approv'd in this offence.”
3. to put to the proof, test, try (esp. in pa. pple.) Shr. I. i. 7, R2 II. iii. 44 “more approved service,” 1H4 I. i. 54 “valiant and approved Scot,” Oth. I. iii. 77.
4. to commend Ham. V. ii. 142 (‘would not be much to my credit’), Per. II. i. 56.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (8):
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.6
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    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 5.5
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 2.3
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