belive (v.) O.E. belifan "remain," intransitive form of belæfan "cause to remain" (see BELEAVE (Cf. beleave)). A general Germanic word (Cf. Goth. beleiban, O.H.G. biliban, Ger. bleiben, Du. blijven); confused in early M.E. with beleave and merged into it, which gave beleave two clashing senses ("to leave," also "to remain") which might be why the compound word, the cognate of important verbs in other Germanic languages, was abandoned in English and only LEAVE (Cf. leave) (v.) remains.

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  • belive — I Mawdesley Glossary there it is. II North Country (Newcastle) Words anon, by and by, quickly, briskly …   English dialects glossary

  • belive — or Blive, == quickly. RG. 50. SS. ‘bilife.’ Cf. Dan. ‘oplive,’ == to quicken, enliven, and the two senses of our Eng. ‘quick’ …   Oldest English Words

  • belive — be·live …   English syllables

  • belive — bə̇ˈlīv, bē adverb Etymology: Middle English bilive, from bi by + live, dative of lif life more at life 1. now Scotland : speedily, quickly 2 …   Useful english dictionary

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