Prastu: 2 definitions



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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prastu (प्रस्तु).—2 U.

1) To praise.

2) To begin, commence; प्रापयन् मनसस्तुल्या यत्र तत् प्रस्तुतं रणम् (prāpayan manasastulyā yatra tat prastutaṃ raṇam) Rām.7.22.8; प्रस्तूयतां विवादवस्तु (prastūyatāṃ vivādavastu) M.1.

3) To cause, produce; यत्रालोकपथावतारिणि रतिं प्रस्तौति नेत्रोत्सवः (yatrālokapathāvatāriṇi ratiṃ prastauti netrotsavaḥ) Mv.2.45; also Māl.5.9.

4) To say, relate, propound. -Caus.

1) To relate, allude to, tell; शाकुन्तलादीनितिहासवादान् प्रस्तावितानन्यपरैर्वचोभिः (śākuntalādīnitihāsavādān prastāvitānanyaparairvacobhiḥ) Māl.3.3; अथापृच्छदृषिस्तत्र कश्चित् प्रस्तावयन् कथाः (athāpṛcchadṛṣistatra kaścit prastāvayan kathāḥ) Mb.1.1.6.

2) To begin, commence.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prastu (प्रस्तु):—[=pra-√stu] [Parasmaipada] -stauti (in, [Ṛg-veda] also [Ātmanepada] -stavate, with act. and pass. sense, and 1. sg. -stuṣe), to praise before (anything else) or aloud, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.;

—to sing, chant (in general, [especially] said of the Prastotṛ), [Brāhmaṇa; Lāṭyāyana; Chāndogya-upaniṣad];

—to come to speak of introduce as a topic, [Prabodha-candrodaya; Hitopadeśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa];

—to undertake, commence, begin, [Mālavikāgnimitra; Dhūrtasamāgama; Bhaṭṭi-kāvya];

—to place at the head or at the beginning, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha] :

—[Causal] -stāvayati, to introduce as a topic, suggest, [Mahābhārata; Mālatīmādhava]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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