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Example, vb. 1) to give a precedent for: “that I may e. my digression by some mighty precedent,” LLL I, 2, 121. “ill, to e. ill,” IV, 3, 124. “bloodshed . . . --d by this heinous spectacle,” John IV, 3, 56. “hear her but --d by herself,” H5 I, 2, 156. “every step, --d by the first pace,” Troil. I, 3, 132. “I'll e. you with thievery,” Tim. IV, 3, 438.
2) to give an instance of: “the store which should e. where your equal grew,” Sonn. 84, 4. “I will e. it,” LLL III, 84.
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