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ἀσπάζομαι, Ep. aor. ἀσπάσσατο Epigr.Gr.990.9:—
welcome kindly, greet, τινά Hom., etc.: freq. c. dat. modi, δεξιῇ ἠσπάζοντο ἔπεσσί τε μειλιχίοισι Il.10.542; χερσίν Od.3.35, al.; ἁδυπνόῳ φωνᾷ Pi.I.2.25; μεγάλως ἠσπάζοντο αὐτόν received him with great joy, Hdt.1.122, cf. 3.1; παρὰ τὴν πόσιν φιλοφρόνως ἀ. Id.2.121.δ'; εὖ νιν ἀσπάσασθε A. Ag.524: freq. with no modal word, S.OT596, etc.; esp. as the common form on meeting, Στρεψιάδην ἀσπάζομαι Ar.Nu.1145, cf. Pl. 1042 (v. Sch.), Pl.Euthd.273c; αὐτὸν ἠσπάζοντο καὶ ἐδεξιοῦνθ' Ar.Pl. 752; πόρρωθεν ἀ. salute from a distance, Pl.Chrm.153b; πρόσωθεν αὐτὴν ἁγνὸς ὢν ἀ. I salute her at a respectful distance, i. e. keep away from her, E.Hipp.102, cf. Pl.R.499a; ἀ. ταῖς κώπαις, of the saluting of ships, Plu.Ant.76; ἀ. τινὰ βασιλέα to hail or salute as king, D.H. 4.39: metaph., ἀ. συμφοράν to bid the event welcome, E.Ion587.

b. take leave of, Id.Tr.1276; τὰ ὕστατα ἀ. take a last farewell, Lys.13.39.

c. as a formula in closing letters, Ep.Rom.16.22,23, BGU 1079.33 (i A. D.), etc.

2. from the modes of salutation in use, kiss, embrace, Ar.V.607; ἀ. τοῖς στόμασι Plu.Rom.1; of dogs, fawn, X. Mem.2.3.9, Pl.R.376a; cling fondly to, ἴσον σ' ὡς τεκοῦσ' ἀσπάζομαι E.Ion1363, cf. X.Cyr.1.3.2; ἐγὼ ὑμᾶς ἀ. καὶ φιλῶ Pl.Ap.29d: metaph., φιλεῖν καὶ ἀ. τὸ ἄδικον Id.Lg.689a.

3. of things, follow eagerly, cleave to, ἀ. τὸ ὅμοιον, οἶνον, Id.Smp.192a, R.475a, cf. S.E. M.11.44; of dogs, ἀ. τὰ ἴχνη X.Cyn.3.7.

4. ἀ. ὅτι ..to be glad that .., Ar.Pl.324.

5. c. inf., to be ready to .., εὐωχεῖσθαι Philostr. VA2.7, cf. 31, VS2.25.4. (Act. ἀσπάζω in letters (cf. I. C), POxy. 1158.18 (iii A. D.), al., cf. ἀσπάζομαι: ἀσπάζω, Hsch.