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Grete, Greit(t, v.1 Also: gret, greite, greyt, greet, griet. P.t. grat(t, grate, gret. [ME. (chiefly northern) grete, OE. (Anglian) grétan.]

1. intr. To weep, shed tears. Freq. in pres. pple. gretand. (a) Men mycht haiff sene … At leve-takyng the ladyis gret; Barb. iii. 347.
Ane of thame … He saw gret wondir tendirly; Ib. xvi. 228.
That tyrand … Of Sanct Machor fell to the fet, & for his synnis sare can gret; Leg. S. xxvii. 888.
The angell of the hewyne sal bitterly gret; Wisd. Sol. 828.
[A] child can no mare Bot lauch or gret; Ratis R. 1121.
The gud wyff cryede, and petuously couth gret; Wall. v. 749.
Dochteris of Jerusalem, … Gret and mak cair; Kennedy Pass. Christ 714.
He.saw hyr burst and gret wyth mony tearis; 1565 St. A. Kirk S. 236.
(b) For quhen men gretis enkrely, The hart is sorowfull or angry; Barb. iii. 529.
It is no vonder thouch I grete; Ib. xvi. 231.
Tel me … quhy thu gretis here sa sare; Leg. S. xxxiii. 227.
I ma ȝete Mak mony ane ful sare to grete; Ib. xxxvi. 1086.
My sisteris gretis sa saire Becaus I hurt me reklesly; Seven S. 948.
To part fra Phebus did Aurora grete; Dunb. G. Targe 17.
Gooke, wyte me not to garre thé grete; Polwart Flyt. 23 (H).
(c) He fel one him, gretande ful sare; Leg. S. i. 102.
Thane was the nuryse for ioy gretand; Ib. xxvii. 282.
Tua leil … nychtbouris that herde the chylde cryand or gretand; Acts I. 28/2.
All thai … Gretand in tyll sobbyng sare; Wynt. v. 890.
Scho held chalmer with lytill sang, Gretand and murnand ay amang; Seven S. 798.
Singand and gretand with hie stevin; Dunb. vi. 103.
Sche spak in plane wordis … sair gretand and tormentand hir self miserabillie; Buch. Indict. 37.
(d) He … as a child wald greit; Ratis R. 1719.
Ane of thaim … He saw greyt wondre tendrely; Brus xvii. 228 (E).
I saw hir greit, With bitter teiris garrand hir cheikis weit; Stewart 58388.
The turtil began for to greit, quhen the cuschet ȝoulit; Compl. 39/15.
Quhen thay [sc. ladies] bewaill and greitis; Scott xxxiv. 67.
Yit in the pulpet we saw him greit, Playand the publict hypocreit; 1589 Sat. P. xlv. 95.
In caise that belt war away, beirdit men suld greitt; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 188.
In Frenche brayer … is to crie or greite with ane loud voice; Skene Verb. S. s.v. Cvrialitas.
[Greittans, lookansque grivatè, Barlafumle clamat; Drummond Polemo-Med. 164.]
(e) Their off-spring shall have cause to greet; 1595 Three Reformers 114.
That thou thy cheeks suld weet, And for me greet; Montg. Misc. P. xxvii. 19.
Whyles grieved, I greete; Craig v. 11.
They … took … the said Charles against his will, crying and greeting; 1676 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. IV. 544.
(b) Ay he grate, quhen he cuth mene Of his master swet spekinge; Leg. S. i. 54.
I grat ful sar; Ib. xviii. 757.
He grat grysly grym; Howlat 53.
He grat owre hym; Liber Plusc. I. 386.
Quhen that scho hard of that delay Scho grat; Seven S. 507.
Thai grat with mony saire allace; Ib. 918.
How Adamus … grat befoir Columba the halie man; Stewart II. 279.
Bot with sair hart scho grat with baith hir ene; Rolland Seven S. 10259.
The king being of tender aige lamentit and grat werie sair; Pitsc. I. 46/3.
He tint never a cow, that grate for a needle; Ferg. Prov. 9.
Argile puer gratt, and shoutted on his men; Calderwood V. 350.
(b) He gret for joy, and for pité; Barb. v. 285.
Quhen Petir can hym se, … he gret faste; Leg. S. i. 107.
Cassamus for pete gret [: forouttin let]; Alex. ii. 3343.
For quhylis thay leuch, and quhyllis for ioy thay gret [: met, plet]; Henr. Fab. 193.
I gret, I dulit, I murnit; Lichtoun Dreme 82 (M).

b. Const. eftir (something), upon (a person). The gud wyffe gruling befor God gretis eftir grace; Doug. viii. Prol. 34.
Gevin at the Kingis command, till puyr wifis that come gretand apoun his grace, for eggis taken fra thame be his servandis; 1526 Treas. Acc. V. 276.

2. tr. a. To weep or shed (tears). Thar-for gret he nocht a tere; Leg. S. vii. 327.
In fell teres that he gane grete; Troy-bk. ii. 2133.
The king … Grat mony salt tere; Gol. & Gaw. 1141.

b. To beseech (a person) with tears. Greting grit God to grant thy Grace gude ȝeir; Scott i. 224.

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