1 [prest]
adjective Obsolete.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin praestus ready. See presto Unabridged


2 [prest]
noun Obsolete.
a loan.
an advance payment on wages.

1400–50; late Middle English prest(e) < Middle French prest, Old French, noun derivative of prester to lend < Latin praestāre to perform, vouch for, excel (Medieval Latin: to lend), literally, to stand in front. See pre-, stand Unabridged
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prest1 (prɛst)
obsolete prepared for action or use; ready
[C13: via Old French from Late Latin praestus ready to hand; see presto]

prest2 (prɛst)
obsolete a loan of money
[C16: originally, loan money offered as an inducement to recruits, from Old French: advance pay in the army, from prester to lend, from Latin praestāre to provide, from prae before + stāre to stand]

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