approve (v.) Old form(s): approoue , approue
commend, praise, show to be worthy
Ham V.ii.134[Hamlet to Osrick] it would not much approve me [or: tell the truth about] [i.e. not be to my credit]
Oth IV.iii.18[Desdemona to Emilia, of Othello] my love doth so approve him / That even his stubbornness, his checks, his frowns ... have grace and favour in them
Sonn.42.8[] for my sake even so doth she abuse me, / Suff'ring my friend for my sake to approve her
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