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match vb. (sense 7 is peculiar to S.)
1. to ally oneself in marriage Ado II. i. 69 “to in my kindred,” Tw.N. I. iii. 118, 2H6 I. i. 132, 3H6 III. iii. 210.
2. to associate or join (one) “with” another Ado II. i. 112 “God me with a good dancer!,” LLL. II. i. 49.
3. to oppose, esp. with equal power MND. III. ii. 305, 2H6 V. i. 156, Ham. IV. vii. 100, Cym. II. i. 25 “like a cock that nobody can match.”
4. intr. to meet in combat, fight John II. i. 330 “Strength match'd with strength.”
5. to place in competition “with” Rom. II. Chor. 4.
6. to be suitable “to” H5 II. iv. 130 “m-ing to his youth.”
7. to procure as a match Mer.V. III. i. 84 “Here comes another of the tribe: a third cannot be matched.”
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