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 for conge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Conge \Con"ge\ (k[o^]n"j[=e]), v. i. [Imp. & p. p. Congeed
     (k[o^]n"j[=e]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Congeing.] [OF. congier,
     congeer, F. cong['e]dier, fr. cong['e]. See Cong['e], n.]
     To take leave with the customary civilities; to bow
     ceremoniously, or courtesy.
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           I have congeed with the duke, done my adieu with his
           nearest.                                 --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cong'e \Con`g['e]"\ (k[^o]N`zh[asl]"; E. k[o^]n"j[=e]; 277), n.
     [F., leave, permission, fr. L. commeatus a going back and
     forth, a leave of absence, furlough, fr. commeare, -meatum,
     to go and come; com- + meare to go. Cf. Permeate.]
     [Formerly written congie.]
     1. The act of taking leave; parting ceremony; farewell; also,
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              Should she pay off old Briggs and give her her
              cong['e]?                             --Thackeray.
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     2. The customary act of civility on any occasion; a bow or a
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              The captain salutes you with cong['e] profound.
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     3. (Arch.) An apophyge. --Gwilt.
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     Cong['e] d'['e]lire[F., leave to choose] (Eccl.), the
        sovereign's license or permission to a dean and chapter to
        choose as bishop the person nominated in the missive.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (architecture) a concave molding [syn: conge, congee]
      2: formal permission to depart; "he gave me his conge" [syn:
         conge, congee]
      3: an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal [syn: conge,
      v 1: perform a ceremonious bow [syn: congee, conge]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CONGE'. A French word which signifies permission, and is understood in that 
  sense in law. Cunn. Diet. h.t. In the French maritime law, it is a species 
  of passport or permission to navigate, delivered by public authority. It is 
  also in the nature of a clearance. (q.v.) Bouch. Inst. n. 812; Repert. de 
  la Jurisp. du Notoriat, by Rolland de Villargues. Conge'. 

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