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Gage (verb)

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To Gage. v.a. [gager, French.]

  1. To wager; to depone as a wager; to impawn; to give as a caution, pledge, or security.

    Against the which, a moiety competent
    Was gaged by our king.
    Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    Drawing near the shore, he found the Turkish merchants making merry upon the main: unto these merchants he gave due salutations, gaging his faith for their safety, and they likewise to him. Knolles's History of the Turks.

  2. To measure; to take the contents of any vessel of liquids particularly. More properly gauge. See GAUGE.

            We shall see your bearing.
    — Nay, but I bar to-night: you shall not gage me
    By what we do to-night.
    Shakesp. Merchant of Venice.

Sources: Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Knolles, Richard (44) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83)

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