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ὀρέγω reach, stretch, stretch out, Lat. porrigo, χεῖρ᾽ ὀρέγων Od.; esp. in entreaty, id=Od. reach out, hold out, hand, give, Hom., Hes., etc.
II.Mid. and Pass.,
1.absol. to stretch oneself out, stretch forth one's hand, Hom.; ὀρέξασθαι ἀπὸ δίφρου to reach or lean over the chariot, Hes.; ἔγχει ὀρεξάσθω let him lunge with the spear (from the chariot, instead of dismounting), Il.; ποσσὶν ὀρωρέχαται πολεμίζειν, of horses, they stretched themselves, galloped, to the fight, id=Il.; ὀρέξατ᾽ ἰών he stretched himself as he went, i. e. went at full stride, id=Il.; ὀρωρέχατο προτὶ δειρήν stretched themselves with the neck (like Virgil's irasci in cornua, in clipeum assurgere), id=Il.:—of fish, to rise at the bait, Theocr.
2.c. gen. to reach at or to a thing, grasp at, οὗ παιδὸς ὀρέξατο he reached out to his child, Il.; also in a hostile sense, τοῦ Θρασυμήδης ἔφθη ὀρεξάμενος ὦμον hit him first on the shoulder, id=Il.; so, ἔφθη ὀρεξάμενος σκέλος (sc. αὐτοῦ) id=Il.
B.metaph. to reach after, grasp at, yearn for a thing, c. gen., Eur., Thuc., etc.:—c. inf., πόλιν ὠρέξατ᾽ οἰκεῖν Eur.
3.c. acc. to help oneself to, σῖτον id=Eur.

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