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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gre, Grie, v.1 Also: gree. [ME. gree (c 1380), aphetized f. Agre v., or ad. OF. gréer.] To agree, in various senses.

1. intr. To be in, or come to, agreement. 1567 G. Ball. 104.
Togidder in ane band, Quhilk neuer befoir culd gre [D. grie] amang thame sell
1572 Sat. P. xxxi. 129.
Thay sall … gre with ȝow
1572 Ib. xxxviii. 73.
Giue pleis God we gre sa, and hald vs togidder
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxiv. 15.
Thai ar faine to grie for thing off nocht
1646 Baillie II. 378.
Long may these two gree weell
1650 Elgin Rec. II. 271.
Robert … was ordained to grie with John Duncan, wright, for making a broad
1656 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 352.
To meit … thes quha war appoyntit to sattle the … tyndis, and to … give in the names of thes quha hes to gried

2. To correspond, to fit. c1500-c1512 Dunb. liii. 5.
The ane futt ȝeid ay onrycht And to the tother wald nocht gree
1573 Sat. P. xl. 61.
The lyke of this in mony historeis I micht bring furth that to my purpois greis
1597 Crim. Trials II. 15.
[He] denyis it [the dittay] euerie word, except safar as greis with his depositioun
1618 Lithgow Poet. Rem. 17.
My disposition and complexion gree, I am not sanguine, nor too pale, you see

3. tr. To bring to agreement; to settle. 1570 Sat. P. xxi. 75.
And now thay tak on hand to gre ȝow With all the tother syde
1596 Dalr. I. 342/15.
For this cause Edward King of Jngland … was chosen arbiter to grie this mater
Ib. II. 154/14.
Requeisted be the nobilitie to cum til Edr. for the concord and freindeng of sum than at contentione, … he takis jornay, of that mynd to grie thame

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