Reply to "State"

David, Moderator posted:

What edition of the OED are you looking at?

Hi, David,

I have a limited access to (what now appears to have in itself been rendered limited in scope over time) Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0.0.2)
© Oxford University Press 2009.

"Are you able to understand the related definition that the current OED gives?"

Sir, I hope you would believe me if I told you that I have known the usual definition/sense of the word in question for a very long time. My question, which I fear has not been touched upon by you, is simply this:  What is the normal way to define the cluster of words "to represent (a matter) in all the circumstances of modification", especially the phrase "circumstances of modification"?

Thanks.

 
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