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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English beliven, from Old English belīfan ‎(to remain), from Proto-Germanic *bilībaną ‎(to remain), from Proto-Indo-European *lip- ‎(to stick, glue). Cognate with West Frisian bliuwe ‎(to stay), Dutch blijven ‎(to remain), German bleiben ‎(to remain), Danish blive ‎(to be, remain). More at leave.

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belive ‎(third-person singular simple present belives, present participle beliving, simple past belove, past participle beliven)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete outside dialects) To remain, stay.
    • 1900 (original date: 1483), Jacobus (de Voragine), William Caxton, Frederick Startridge Ellis, The golden legend, or, Lives of the saints:
      So there bleveth no more, but I that am servant to the spirit, may lie down and die. In which death I glorify myself, but I am greatly troubled in my mind, that my riches which I had ordained to God be wasted and spent in foul things.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete outside dialects) To abide, continue.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English belive, bilife ‎(actively", literally, "by life). More at by, life.

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belive ‎(comparative more belive, superlative most belive)

  1. (obsolete outside Scotland) Quickly, forthwith.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.v:
      By that same way the direfull dames doe driue / Their mournefull charet, fild with rusty blood, / And downe to Plutoes house are come biliue [...].
  2. (dialectal, , chiefly Scotland) Soon, presently, before long; by and by; anon