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Yoke (verb)

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To Yoke. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To bind by a yoke to a carriage.

    This Stetes promised to do, if he alone would yoke together two brazen-hoofed bulls, and, plowing the ground, sow dragons teeth. L'Estrange.

    Four milk-white bulls, the Thracian use of old,
    Were yok'd to draw his car of burnish'd gold.

  2. To join or couple with another.

            My name
    Be yok'd with his that did betray the best.

    Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb,
    That carries anger as the flint bears fire.
    Shak. Jul. Cæsar.

    Seek not in Latian bands to yoke
    Our fair Lavinia.
    Dryden's Æn.

  3. To enslave; to subdue.

                These are the arms
    With which he yoketh your rebellious necks,
    Razeth your cities.

  4. To restrain; to confine.

    Men marry not; but chuse rather a libertine single life, than to be yoked in marriage. Bacon.

    The words and promises, that yoke
    The conqueror, are quickly broke.

    Xerxes, the liberty of Greece to yoke,
    Over Hellespont bridg'd his way.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 (49) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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