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μελετάω care for, attend to a thing, c. gen., Hes.
II.c. acc. rei, to attend to, study, Hdt., Soph.; μ. δόξαν to study, court reputation, Thuc. practise an art, Lat. meditari, μαντείαν Hhymn.; μ. τοῦτο (sc. κήρυκα εἶναι) Hdt.; μ. σοφίαν Ar.; ῥητορικήν Plat.:—in attic also, to practise speaking, to con over a speech, Dem.:—Pass., τὸ ναυτικὸν οὐκ ἐνδέχεται ἐκ παρέργου μελετᾶσθαι nautical skill cannot be acquired by occasional practice, Thuc.; εὐταξία μετὰ κινδύνων μελετωμένη discipline won by practice on the battle-field, id=Thuc.
III.c. inf. to practise doing a thing, μ. τοξεύειν καὶ ἀκοντίζειν Xen.; μ. ἀποθνήσκειν Plat.
IV.absol. to practise, exercise oneself, the acc. rei being omitted, Thuc., Xen.; ἐν τῷ μὴ μελετῶντι (= μελετᾶν) by want of practice, Thuc.: —esp. to rehearse a speech, declaim, Plat., etc.
V.c. acc. pers. to exercise or train persons, Xen.
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