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χρῄζω χράω2 used by attic writers only in pres. and imperf. need, want, lack, have need of, c. gen., Hom., Aesch.:—absol. in part. χρηίζων lacking, needy, poor, Od., Hes. desire, long for, ask for, c. gen., Hdt., Aesch.:— rarely c. acc. rei, Hdt., Soph.;—often an inf. must be supplied, φράζε τι χρῄζεις (sc. φράζειν) Ar., etc. b. c. acc. pers. et inf. to ask or desire that one should do a thing, Hdt.; so also c. gen. pers. et inf. to desire of one to do, id=Hdt.; c. inf. only, to desire to do a thing, Trag.
3.μὴ θανεῖν ἔχρῃζες (Soph. O. C. 1713) is explained, O that thou hadst not desired to die, —a very unusual construction; cf. ἐπωφέλησα for ὤφελον (supr. 541).
4.the part. χρῄζων is used absol. for εἰ χρῄζει, if one will, if one chooses, Theogn., Aesch.:—also, τὸ χρῇζον your solicitation, Eur.

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