Origin of agist

1590–1600; < Anglo-French, Middle French agister to give lodgings to, equivalent to a- a-5 + gister to lodge, lie < Germanic; compare Old English giestian to lodge, derivative of giest guest
Related formsa·gist·er, a·gis·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for agist


verb (tr) law
  1. to care for and feed (cattle or horses) for payment
  2. to assess and charge (land or its owner) with a public burden, such as a tax

Word Origin for agist

C14: from Old French agister, from gister to lodge, ultimately from Latin jacēre to lie down
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