from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of press.
- 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.
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
- n. An occasional preterit and past participle of press.
- To furnish; pay out; put out as a loan; lend.
- 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.
- Ready; prompt; quick.
- At hand; near.
- Bold; valiant.
- Neat; comely; proper.
- Quickly; promptly; immediately.
- n. A Middle English form of priest.
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By some strange irony of circumstance there happened to be in the English language a wordpressedwhich 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.
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
"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."
"prest" subject it was held to be of no vitiating force.
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.
Hunger fierce within him also, and his parch'd lips prest in pain,
Ai noed Ai shud hab rited dat ‘leg-end’ az sune az Ai prest ‘Add Commint’!
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?”
"Je suis prest," he replied, in surprisingly good French.
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.