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

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