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ob-sĭdĕo , ēdi, essum, 2, v. n. and
I.a. [sedeo].
I. Neutr., to sit, stay, remain, abide anywhere (only poet.): “servi ne obsideant, liberis ut sit locus,Plaut. Poen. prol. 23: “domi obsidere,Ter. Ad. 4, 6, 6: “in limine,Val. Fl. 2, 237.—
II. Act., to sit at, on, or in, to remain on or in, to haunt, inhabit, frequent a place.
A. In gen.: “aram,Plaut. Rud. 3, 3, 36: “ranae stagna et rivos obsident,frequent marshes, Plin. 11, 18, 19, § 62: “obsedit limina bubo,Sil. 8, 636: “Apollo umbilicum terrarum obsidet,Cic. Div. 2, 56.—
B. In partic.
2. To occupy, fill, possess: “corporibus omnis obsidetur locus,is filled, Cic. N. D. 1, 23, 65: “senatum armis,id. Phil. 7, 5, 15: “palus obsessa salictis,full of osier-thickets, Ov. M. 11, 363: “Trachasque obsessa palude,” i. e. surrounded, id. ib. 15, 717.—
b. Trop., to occupy, possess, take possession of: “alicujus animum,Just. 42, 4, 21: “qui meum tempus obsideret,who took up my time, Cic. Verr. 1, 2, 6; id. Or. 62, 210: “cum obsideri aures a fratre cerneret,that they were continually besieged by his brother, Liv. 40, 20 fin.
3. To have one's eye upon, to watch closely, be on the look-out for: “jacere humi ... ad obsidendum stuprum,Cic. Cat. 1, 10, 26: “rostra,id. Fl. 24, 57.
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