Prest (?),

imp. & p. p. of Press.

 

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Prest, a. [OF. prest, F. pret, fr. L. praestus ready. Cf. Presto.]

1.

Ready; prompt; prepared.

[Obs.]

All prest to such battle he was. R. of Gloucester.

2.

Neat; tidy; proper.

[Obs.]

Tusser.

Prest money, money formerly paid to men when they enlisted into the British service; -- so called because it bound those that received it to be ready for service when called upon.

 

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Prest, n. [OF. prest, F. pret, fr. OF. prester to lend, F. preter, fr. L. praestare to stand before, to become surety for, to fulfill, offer, supply; prae before + stare to stand. See Pre-, and Stand, and cf. Press to force into service.]

1.

Ready money; a loan of money.

[Obs.]

Requiring of the city a prest of six thousand marks. Bacon.

2. Law

A duty in money formerly paid by the sheriff on his account in the exchequer, or for money left or remaining in his hands.

Cowell.

 

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Prest, v. t.

To give as a loan; to lend.

[Obs.]

Sums of money . . . prested out in loan. E. Hall.

 

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