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prest1

[prest] /prɛst/
adjective, Obsolete.
1.
Origin of prest1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin praestus ready. See presto

prest2

[prest] /prɛst/
noun, Obsolete.
1.
a loan.
2.
an advance payment on wages.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English prest(e) < Middle French prest, Old French, noun derivative of prester to lend < Latin praestāre to perform, vouch for, excel (Medieval Latin: to lend), literally, to stand in front. See pre-, stand
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prest1

/prɛst/
adjective
1.
(obsolete) prepared for action or use; ready
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Late Latin praestus ready to hand; see presto

prest2

/prɛst/
noun
1.
(obsolete) a loan of money
Word Origin
C16: originally, loan money offered as an inducement to recruits, from Old French: advance pay in the army, from prester to lend, from Latin praestāre to provide, from prae before + stāre to stand
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