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an-nītor (better adn- ), nīsus or nixus, 3, v. dep.
I. Lit., to press upon or against, to lean upon; with ad or dat. (most freq. after the commencement of the Aug. per.): “natura ad aliquod tamquam adminiculum adnititur,Cic. Lael. 23, 88: “hasta ingenti adnixa columnae,Verg. A. 12, 92: “stant longis adnixi hastis,id. ib. 9, 229: “Latona oleae adnisa,Tac. A. 3, 61.—
II. Trop., to take pains about something, to exert one's self, strive; constr. with ut or ne. or a gerund with ad (mostly prose).
(α). With ut or ne: “quo mihi acrius adnitendum est, ut, etc.,Sall. J. 85, 6; Liv. 6, 6: “omni ope adnisi sunt, ut, etc.,id. 8, 16; 22, 58; Plin. 7, 53, 54, § 186: “omni ope adniti, ne quis e plebe, etc.,Plin. Pan. 25 fin.
(β). Ad ea patranda omnis civitas summo studio adnitebatur, Sall. J. 43, 4; Liv. 27, 14.—Other constructions:
(δ). With pro: “patres non temere pro ullo aeque adnisi sunt,Liv. 2, 61.—(ε) With acc. of pron., Plin. Ep. 6, 18.—(ζ) With inf.: “adnitentibus retinere morem,Tac. H. 4, 8; 5, 8.—(η) Absol.: “adnitente Crasso,Sall. C. 19, 1; so id. J. 85, 47; Liv. 21, 8.!*? adnītendus , a, um, in pass. signif.: “si in concordiā adnitendā (i. e. procurandā),Gell. 2, 12, 5.
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