on-ginnan
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on-ginnan
I. add: a. to draw near to performing an instantaneous act His sunu ongan sweltan his son drew near to death, Shrn. 122, 8. ¶ with almost the sense of the auxiliary do. Cf. later gan with infinitive :-- Ongan ic steppan forð, Sat. 248. b. Mid þý hé geswiperum múðe lícetende ǽrende wrehte and leáslíce ongann cum simulatam legationem ore astuto uolueret, Bd. 2, 9; Sch. 147, 2. II. add: 1. with acc. Ðá ðe nabbað wísdóm tó ðon ðæt hié cunnen lǽran, and hí ðeáh forhradiað ðæt hié hit ongiennað, Past. 383, 22. Nát ic hwæðer máre wundor wæs, þe þæt hé swá mid lytle fultume þone mǽstan dǽl þisses middangeardes gegán mehte, þe hé mid swá lytle weorode swá micel anginnan dorste (adgredi ausus fuerit), Ors. 3, 9; S. 124, 16. 2. with infin. Þænne hé óþres limes þénunge gegrípan ongynne dum alterius membri officium temptat, Scint. 133, 2. III. AddGelíce ðǽm monnum ðe swíðe eáðmódlíce onginnað (use great endeavour to appear humble; magna submissione blandiuntur) beforon rícum monnum, Past. 421, 26. Ongin nú wel, Rufe, and behát mé mid áðe take the right course now, Rufus, and promise me on oath, Hml. S. 22, 104. Ongin nú stranglíce, and þín gemynd stent on herunge, 29, 272. Onginnað nú þegenlíce, . . . and syllað eówer ágen líf for ðǽre sóðfæstan ǽ, 25, 248.
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