geliefan

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Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *galaubijaną (to believe, to hold valuable or pleasing), from *ga-laub- (dear, pleasing), from Proto-Indo-European *lubʰ- (like, love). Cognate with Old Saxon gilōvian (Low German glöven), Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben (German glauben), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌱𐌾𐌰𐌽 (galaubjan).

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ġelīefan

  1. to believe, believe in
    Gif ðu soþne God lufast and gelyfest. If you love and believe in the true God.
  2. to trust (in), count on
    Ðær gelyfan sceal dryhtnes dome se þe hine deað nimeð. There whoever death takes must trust in the judgment of the Lord. (Beowulf, ll. 440-1)

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