verb (abies, abying, abought)
- (context, transitive, obsolete) To pay for; to buy.
- (context, transitive, archaic) To pay the penalty for; atone for.
Etymology: abycgan, Äbycgan (corresponding to a- + buy), from (Ger.). Cognate with Gothic .
- Lest to thy peril thou it dear. - Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, III,ii
- (context, transitive, archaic) To pay as penalty, to suffer.
- (context, transitive, archaic) To endure, to experience, to tolerate. (Confused with abide.)
- (context, intransitive, obsolete) To endure; to abide. (Confused with abide.)
- But nought that wanteth rest can long . - Spenser
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