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  1. (archaic, chiefly poetic) Abbreviation of beganst.
    • 1815, Sir Egerton Brydges (editor), Restituta; or, Titles, Extracts, and Characters of Old Books in English Literature, Revived[1], volume 3, page 329:
      Why didst thou not their ruin recognize,
      Before thou ‛ganst this wicked enterprize?
    • 1825, Hugh Stuart Boyd, Thoughts on an Illustrious Exile; with Other Poems[2], page 4:
      Yes, thou wert brightest throned in regal power,
      But greatest sinking in Misfortune’s hour.
      Yes, like the God of Day, thou ‛ganst to peer,
      And clothe with golden light our hemisphere.