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prĕhenso , and more freq. prenso , āvi, ātum, 1, v. freq. a. id., grasp, seize, catch, lay hold of (not freq. till after the Aug. period).
II. In partic., to take hold of, detain a person, in order to talk with him, thank him, entreat him, etc.: “arma, genua, vestigia prensando, flexere militum animos,Tac. H. 1, 66: “commanipularium pectora,id. ib. 4, 46: “itaque prenso amicos, supplico, ambio domos,Plin. Ep. 2, 9: “prensatas exeuntium manus,Liv. 4, 60.—
B. Transf., to sue or solicit for an office: “circumire et prensare patres,Liv. 1, 47, 7.—So absol.: “prensat unus P. Galba,solicits for the consulship, Cic. Att. 1, 1, 1: “nos initium prensandi facere cogitaramus,id. ib.
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