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give (pa. pple. once “gave” Ven. 571; 8 metaphor from the exuding of moisture, e.g. on a stone)
1. to ‘give away’ (the bride) at the marriage ceremony AYL. III. iii. 71 “Is there none here to the woman?.”
2. to dedicate, devote, surrender Wiv. V. v. 161 “have given ourselves . . . to hell,” Wint. II. iii. 8 “Given to the fire,” H5 I. ii. 270, R3 II. i. 117, Ant. III. ii. 64, Sonn. clii. 11 “gave eyes to blindness” ; intr. (?)= refl. to give oneself up to Compl. 51 “gave to tear” (mod. edd. “gan”); cf. H5 IV. vi. 32.
3. (of the mind) to suggest, cause to suspect H8 V. iii. 109, Cor. IV. v. 158 “my mind gave me his clothes made a false report of him.”
4. to display as an armorial bearing Wiv. I. i. 16 “may the dozen white luces in their coat,” 1H6 I. v. 29.
5. to represent, report Cor. I. ix. 55 “us that you truly,” Ant. I. iv. 40 “men's reports Give him much wrong'”
6. to attribute, ascribe, assign H8 III. ii. 263 “the fault thou gav'st him,” Rom. IV. v. 116-7 (quibbling), Mac. I. iii. 119 “those that gave the Thane of Cawdor to me.”
7. to consider, set down as Wint. III. ii. 96.
8. to be tearful Tim. IV. iii. 493 “whose eyes do never ”
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