forgiefan

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *fragebaną, corresponding to for- +‎ ġiefan. Cognate with Old Saxon fargevan, Middle Dutch vergeven (Dutch vergeven), Old High German Old High German fargeban (German vergeben), Old Norse fyrigefa (Icelandic fyrirgefa), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽 (fragiban).

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forġiefan

  1. to give up, bestow, grant
  2. to forgive (in translation of Latin perdonare)
    • Lord's Prayer in the West Saxon gospel:
      urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg, and forgyf us ure gyltas, swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum.
      Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our guilts, as we forgive those guilts.

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