Definitions

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  • n. A payment of wages in advance
  • n. A loan or advance (of money)
  • n. A tax or duty
  • n. A sum of money paid to a soldier or sailor upon enlistment
  • v. To give as a loan; to lend.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of press.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of press.
  • adj. Ready; prompt; prepared.
  • adj. Neat; tidy; proper.
  • n. Ready money; a loan of money.
  • n. A duty in money formerly paid by the sheriff on his account in the exchequer, or for money left or remaining in his hands.
  • transitive v. To give as a loan; to lend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish; pay out; put out as a loan; lend.
  • Ready; prompt; quick.
  • At hand; near.
  • Bold; valiant.
  • Neat; comely; proper.
  • Quickly; promptly; immediately.
  • n. An occasional preterit and past participle of press.
  • n. A loan of money; hence, a loan in general; also, ready money.
  • n. Formerly, a duty in money paid by the sheriff on his account in the exchequer, or for money left or remaining in his hands.
  • n. A Middle English form of priest.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • By some strange irony of circumstance there happened to be in the English language a word“pressed”which tallied almost exactly in pronunciation with the old French word prest, so long employed, as we have seen, to differentiate from his fellows the man who, by the devious means we have here described, was made “ready” for the sea service.

    languagehat.com: PRESS.

  • To "prest" a man meant to enlist him by means of what was technically known as "prest" money -- "prest" being the English equivalent of the obsolete French _prest_, now

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • "prest" money stood for what is nowadays, in both services, commonly termed the "king's shilling," and the man who, either voluntarily or under duress, accepted or received that shilling at the recruiter's hands, was said to be "prested" or "prest."

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • "prest" subject it was held to be of no vitiating force.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • The "prest" man disappeared, [Footnote: The Law Officers of the Crown retained him, on paper, until the close of the eighteenth century -- an example in which they were followed by the Admiralty.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • Hunger fierce within him also, and his parch'd lips prest in pain,

    The Voyage of Magellan

  • Ai noed Ai shud hab rited dat ‘leg-end’ az sune az Ai prest ‘Add Commint’!

    To her surprise, Bella - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • If the issue of his attending the convention “should be further prest which I hope it will not, as I have no inclination to go,” Washington asked, “what had I best do?”

    Ratification

  • "Je suis prest," he replied, in surprisingly good French.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • We yoost 2 do a trik wiv sumwun sat in a chare. 4 peepl prest doun on teh seeted wuns hed, den affer a signul, dey liftid him wiv wun finger eech.

    Lite as a fether - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

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  • We don't appear to have a list of moneylending words.

    November 19, 2011