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gestĭo , īvi, or ĭi, ītum, 4 (archaic
I.imperf. gestibat, Gell. 15, 2, 1: “gestibant,Plaut. As. 2, 2, 49), v. n. 2. gestus, I., to use passionate gestures, to throw one's self about (espec. for joy), to be transported, to exult, to be joyful, cheerful (cf.: exsilio, exsulto): gestit, qui subitā felicitate exhilaratus nimio corporis motu praeter consuetudinem exsultat, Paul. ex Fest. p. 96 Müll.; cf. Serv. Verg. G. 1, 387 (freq. and class.).
I. Lit.; constr. with abl. or absol.
B. Trop., in speaking, to enlarge at will, to digress: “quapropter historiae nonnumquam ubertas in aliqua exercendi stili parte ponenda, et dialogorum libertate gestiendum,Quint. 10, 5, 15.—
II. Transf., to desire eagerly or passionately, to long for; constr. usually with inf., rarely with abl. or absol.
(γ). Absol.: gestiunt pugni mihi. my fists itch to be at you, Plaut. Am. 1, 1, 167: “dudum scapulae gestibant mihi,” i. e. were longing for the whip, id. As. 2, 2, 49: “inridere ne videare et gestire admodum,id. Most. 3, 2, 126.
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