belave

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bilaven(to wash all over), from bi-, be- + laven(to wash, pour water on), from Old English lafian, ġelafian(to pour water on, refresh), from Proto-Germanic *labōną(to refresh, strengthen), from Proto-Indo-European *lōbh-(to strengthen oneself, rest), equivalent to be- +‎ lave. Cogante with Dutch laven(to refresh), German laben(to refresh). More at lave.

Verb[edit]

belave ‎(third-person singular simple present belaves, present participle belaving, simple past and past participle belaved)

  1. (transitive) To lave or wash about; wash all over; wash.

Etymology 2[edit]

Anomalous alteration of beleve(to remain, be alive) and belive(to remain, stay), both from Middle English beliven(to remain), from Old English belīfan(to remain), from Proto-Germanic *bilībaną(to remain), from Proto-Indo-European *lip-(to stick, glue). Cognate with Dutch blijven(to remain), German bleiben(to remain). More at belive, leave.

Verb[edit]

belave ‎(third-person singular simple present belaves, present participle belaving, simple past and past participle belaved)

  1. (archaic, intransitive) to remain, continue; to belay
  2. (archaic, intransitive) to be alive
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