prove (v.) Old form(s): prou'd, proue
test, try out, make trial [of]
1H6 II.ii.58[Talbot to all, of the Countess of Auvergne] I mean to prove this lady's courtesy
1H6 II.iv.98[Richard to Somerset, of the slur against his father] And that I'll prove on better men than Somerset [i.e. by combat]
Cor[Martius to Cominius, of his desire to fight] Filling the air with swords advanced and darts, / We prove this very hour [i.e. put ourselves to the proof]
Cor IV.v.96[Coriolanus to Aufidius] if ... to prove more fortunes / Th' art tired
Cor V.i.61.2[Menenius to Brutus, of Coriolanus] I'll prove him
Cym[Cornelius to himself, of the Queen's drugs] first ... she'll prove on cats and dogs
Ham III.ii.212[First Player as King to his Queen] a question left us yet to prove
KL[Lear to all] There's my gauntlet; I'll prove it on a giant [i.e. challenge even a giant]
KL V.iii.138[disguised Edgar to Edmund] To prove upon thy heart ... / Thou liest
KL V.iii.92[Albany to Edmund] If none appear to prove upon thy person / Thy ... treasons
MA I.iii.68[Don John to Borachio and Conrade] Shall we go prove what's to be done?
MW I.iii.90[Pistol to Nym] I to Ford shall eke unfold / How Falstaff, varlet vile, / His dove will prove [i.e. test the faithfulness of his wife]
Sonn.26.14[] Then may I dare to boast how I do love thee, / Till then, not show my head where thou mayst prove me
TS IV.iii.143[Grumio to Tailor, of the instructions he claims to have given for a gown] that I'll prove upon thee [i.e. by fighting]
Ven.40[of Adonis and Venus] The steed is stalled up, and even now / To tie the rider she begins to prove
Ven.608[of Venus] She hath assayed as much as may be proved
WT I.ii.443[Camillo to Polixenes] I / Have uttered truth; which if you seek to prove, / I dare not stand by

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