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ἐπείγω , ipf. ἔπειγον, pass. ἐπείγετο: I. act. and pass., press hard, oppress, impel, urge on; of weight, ὀλίγον δέ μιν ἄχθος ἐπείγει, Il. 12.452; old age, χαλεπὸν κατὰ γῆρας ἐπείγει, Il. 23.623; wind driving a ship before it, ἔπειγε γὰρ οὖρος ἀπήμων, Od. 12.167; hurrying on a trade, Od. 15.445; pass. ἐπείγετο γὰρ βελέεσσιν, ‘hard pressed,’ Il. 5.622 ; λέβης ἐπειγόμενος πυρὶ πολλῷ, i. e. made to boil in a hurry, Il. 21.362.—II. mid., press on, hasten; of winds driving fast, ἐπειγομένων ἀνέμων, Il. 5.501; μή τις ἐπειγέσθω οἶκόνδε νέεσθαι, Il. 2.354; esp. freq. the part., ‘hastily,’ Il. 5.902, Od. 11.339; and w. gen., ‘eager for,’ ‘desirous of,’ ὁδοῖο, Od. 1.309, etc.; with acc. and inf., Od. 13.30. The mid. is also sometimes trans. (subjectively), ‘hasten on for oneself,’ γάμον, Od. 2.97, τ 142, Od. 24.132.
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