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in-vĕtĕrasco, rāvi, 3, v. n. inch. (in the form inveteresco, Inscr. ap. Att. dell' Acad. Rom. Archeol. 2, p. 46, n. 17), to grow old, to become fixed or established, to continue long (class.).

I. Lit.: quibus quisque in locis miles inveteravit, Caes. B. C. 1, 44: equites, qui inveteraverant Alexah. driae bellis, id. ib. 3, 10: populi R. exercitum hiemare atque inveterascere in Gallia moleste ferebant, to settle, establish themselves, id. B. G. 2, 1: aes alienum inveterascit, Nep. Att. 2: res nostrae litterarum monumentis inveterascent et corroborabuntur, Cic. Cat. 3, 11, 26.—In perf., Plin. 12, 12, 26, 44.—Of wine, to ripen, age, Plin. 23, 1, 23, 44.—

II. Transf., to become fixed, inveterate: ut hanc inveterascere consuetudinem nolint, Caes. B. G. 5, 40: quae (macula) penitus insedit atque inveteravit in populi Romani nomine, Cic. de Imp. Pomp. 3, 7: inveteravit opinio perniciosa rei publicae, id. Verr. 41, 1: verbi significatio falsa, became fixed in use, Gell. 1, 22, 1: ulcus alendo, Lucr. 4, 1068: si malum inveteravit, Cels. 3, 13: intellego, in nostra civitate inveterasse, ut, etc., it has grown into use, become a custom, Cic. Off. 2, 16, 57; cf.: si inveterarit, actum est, id. Fam. 14, 3, 3.—

B. To grow old, decay, grow weak or feeble, become obsolete (post-Aug.): inveterascet hoc quoque, Tac. A. 11, 24: inter amicos, Vulg. Psa. 6, 18: ossa mea, id. ib. 31, 3: vestimenta, id. 2 Esdr. 9, 21.