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gree1

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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. superiority, mastery, or victory.
  2. the prize for victory.
  3. Obsolete. a step.

Origin of gree1

1275–1325; Middle English gre < Old French < Latin gradus step, grade; cf. degree

gree2

[gree]
noun Archaic.
  1. favor; goodwill.
  2. satisfaction, as for an injury.

Origin of gree2

1250–1300; Middle English gre < Old French gre (French gré) < Latin grātum what is agreeable

gree3

[gree]
verb (used with or without object), greed, gree·ing. British Dialect.
  1. agree.

Origin of gree3

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at gree2
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Examples from the Web for gree

Historical Examples

  • Some say it was 'cause General Bratton was a high 'gree mason.

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  • Come to settle up, there was about five and sixpence that they couldn't 'gree 'bout.

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  • Do you 'gree not to show your nose 'round there till three o'clock to-morrow?

  • She heard he'd marrid agin, an' the news didn't 'gree with her.

  • An' from that day that why Dog an' Puss can't 'gree until now.


British Dictionary definitions for gree

gree1

noun Scot archaic
  1. superiority or victory
  2. the prize for a victory

Word Origin

C14: from Old French gré, from Latin gradus step

gree2

noun obsolete
  1. goodwill; favour
  2. satisfaction for an insult or injury

Word Origin

C14: from Old French gré, from Latin grātum what is pleasing; see grateful

gree3

verb grees, greeing or greed
  1. archaic, or dialect to come or cause to come to agreement or harmony

Word Origin

C14: variant of agree
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