quaeso

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps more than just some unrhotacized form of quaerō, it may be for *quaessō, desiderative formation with Proto-Indo-European *-(h₁)seti (as in vīsō).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

quaesō (present infinitive quaesere)

  1. I beg or ask (for).
  2. I seek.
  3. (in first-person) please

Conjugation[edit]

The verb was used by classical authors; mainly in the first person singular present, quaeso. Other attested forms listed in the Oxford Latin Dictionary are:

  • quaesit, third person singular present active indicative
  • quaesumus, first person plural present active indicative
  • quaesitur, third person singular present passive
  • quaesere, present active infinitive
  • quaesentibus, dative or ablative plural of *quaesens, present active participle
  • quaesendûm, inflected form of *quaesendus, future passive participle (gerundive)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sihler, Andrew L. (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195083458, § 457.B