Cong\'eCon`g['e]"\ (?; E. ?; 277), n. [F., leave, permission, fr. L. commeatus a going back and forth, a leave of absence, furlough, fr. commeare, -meatum, to go and come; com- + meare to go. Cf. Permeate.] [Formerly written congie.]1. The act of taking leave; parting ceremony; farewell; also, dismissal. Should she pay off old Briggs and give her her cong['e]? --Thackeray. 2. The customary act of civility on any occasion; a bow or a courtesy. The captain salutes you with cong['e] profound. --Swift. 3. (Arch.) An apophyge. --Gwilt. Cong['e] d'['e]lire[F., leave to choose] (Eccl.), the sovereign's license or permission to a dean and chapter to choose as bishop the person nominated in the missive.
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