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crēbresco (in MSS. and edd. sometimes euphon. crēbesco , bŭi, like rubesco, from ruber), brŭi, 3,
I.v. inch. [creber], to become frequent, to increase, grow strong; of a rumor, report, to spread abroad (perh. not ante-Aug.; “most freq. in Tac.): crebrescunt optatae aurae,Verg. A. 3, 530: “gestus cum ipsā orationis celeritate,Quint. 11, 3, 111: “horror,Verg. A. 12, 407: “bellum,Tac. H. 2, 67: “tum crebescere fragor,Plin. Ep. 7, 27, 8: “seditio,Tac. H. 1, 39: “licentia et impunitas,id. A. 3, 60: “invidia,id. H. 3, 34: “sermo,Verg. A. 12, 222; so, “fama cladis Germanicae,Tac. H. 4, 12.—With a clause as subject: “per socios crebrescit vivere Agrippam, etc.,is noised abroad Tac. A. 2, 39.— Rare in perf. and pluperf.: “jamque rumor publice crebuerat,App. M. 10, p. 247: tam multa bella ubique crebuerunt, Aug. Civ. Dei, 3, 17.
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