blífa

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the 16th century. From Danish blive, from Middle Low German blīven, from Proto-Germanic *bilībaną. Used to translate German bleiben in Oddur Gottskálksson's New Testament translation (published 1540).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

blífa (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative bleif, third-person plural past indicative blifum, supine blifið)

  1. (obsolete) to become
  2. (obsolete) to be (as an auxiliary verb in passive constructions)
  3. (chiefly dated) to remain, stay

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