The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Premise \Pre*mise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Premised; p. pr. &
vb. n. Premising.] [From L. praemissus, p. p., or E.
premise, n. See Premise, n.]
1. To send before the time, or beforehand; hence, to cause to
be before something else; to employ previously. [Obs.]
The premised flames of the last day. --Shak.
If venesection and a cathartic be premised. --E.
2. To set forth beforehand, or as introductory to the main
subject; to offer previously, as something to explain or
aid in understanding what follows; especially, to lay down
premises or first propositions, on which rest the
I premise these particulars that the reader may know
that I enter upon it as a very ungrateful task.