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I.The orig. sense, to be in motion, appears in Hom., κλαγγὴ πέλει οὐρανόθι πρό the cry goes, rises to heaven, Il.; τῶι δεκάτηι πέλεν ἠώς to him came the tenth morn, Od.; γῆρας καὶ θάνατος ἐπ᾽ ἀνθρώποισι πέλονται old age and death come upon men, id=Od.:—this sense of motion is plain in the compd. participles ἐπιπλόμενος, περιπλόμενος.
II.commonly to be, Hom.; but generally implying continuance, to be used or wont to be, Il.:—the imperf. in pres. sense, ὀϊζυρὸς ἔπλεο thou wast doomed to be, i. e. thou art, id=Hom.

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