|—vb (when tr, takes a clause as object; |
|1.||(tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to beg (someone) earnestly|
|2.||to object; protest|
|3.||(tr) to call (a supernatural power) to witness|
|[C16: from Latin obtestārī to protest, from ob- to + testārī to bear or call as witness]|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
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