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amb-ĭgo , ĕre (
I.perf. tense not used), v. n. ago.
I. Lit., to go about or around: “ambigens patriam et declinans,Tac. A. 6, 15 fin.
II. Trop., to wander about; to waver, hesitate, be undecided, to doubt, be in suspense (syn. dubito; class., but mostly in prose).—In this sense in Cic. either impers. or pass.
a. Impers.: “Quale quid sit, ambigitur,is uncertain, Cic. de Or. 2, 26: “omnis res eandem habet naturam ambigendi, de quā disceptari potest,” i. e. admits of arguments for and against, id. ib. 3, 29: “ambigitur, quotiens uter utro sit prior,Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 55: “de nomine ipso ambigi video,Plin. 33, 1, 4, § 10: “adspici aliquando eam volucrem, non ambigitur,it cannot be doubted, Tac. A. 6, 28.—
c. Pass.: “ambigitur status, in quo etc.,Lucr. 3, 1074: “in eo jure, quod ambigitur inter peritissimos,of which there is a doubt, Cic. de Or. 1, 57; 2, 24: “in eis causis, quae propter scriptum ambiguntur,id. ib. 2, 26.—
III. Transf.
A. To argue, debate about something: “ut inter eos, qui ambigunt, conveniat, quid sit id, de quo agatur,Cic. Fin. 2, 2: “ambigere de vero,id. Or. 36.—
B. To contend, dispute, wrangle, etc.: vicini nostri ambigunt de finibus, * Ter. Heaut. 3, 1, 90: “ambigunt agnati cum eo, qui est heres,Cic. Inv. 2, 42: “de fundo,id. Caecin. 8: “de hereditate,Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 45: “de regno,Liv. 40, 15.
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