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ăpiscor , aptus, 3, v. dep. apo (class., but more rare than the compd. adipiscor; in the post-Aug. per. most freq. in Tac.), orig.,
I.to reach after something, in order to take, seize, or get possession of it (syn.: peto, sequor, adquiro, attingo); hence, in gen.,
I. To pursue (with effort, zeal, etc.): “sine me hominem apisci,Plaut. Ep. 5, 2, 3.—And as the result of the pursuit,
III. To reach, attain to, get, gain, acquire (by effort, trouble, etc.; cf. adipiscor), both lit. and trop.: quod ego objectans vitam bellando aptus sum, Pac. ap. Non. p. 234, 25: “hereditatem,Plaut. Capt. 4, 1, 8: cupere aliquid apisci, Lucil. ap. Non. p. 74, 30; so id. ib. p. 74, 23: aliquem, Sisenn. ap. Non. p. 68, 25: “maris apiscendi causā,Cic. Att. 8, 14 fin.: laudem, Sulp. ap. Cic. Fam. 4, 5 fin.: “aliquid animus praegestit apisci,Cat. 64, 145: “spes apiscendi summi honoris,Liv. 4, 3: “jus,Tac. A. 6, 3: “summa apiscendi libido,id. ib. 4, 1: “qui id flaminum apisceretur,id. ib. 4, 16: “apiscendae potentiae properi,id. ib. 4, 59: “cujus (artis) apiscendae otium habuit,id. ib. 6, 26 al.— Once in Tacitus with gen. like the Gr. τυγχάνειν τινός: dominationis, A. 6, 45.— Poet., to reach something in mind, i. e. to perceive, understand: “Nec ratione animi quam quisquam possit apisci,Lucr. 1, 448.!*? Apiscendus, pass., Manil. 3, 145; Tac. A. 3, 31; 13, 20 al.; cf. adipiscor.
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