Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From ġe- +‎ bētan.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

ġebētan

  1. to fix, repair
    • Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Manuscript A, year 921
      Þā fōr Ēadweard cyning mid Westseaxna fierde tō Colneċeastre and ġebētte þā burg and ġeednīwode þǣr hēo ǣr tōbrocen wæs.
      Then King Edward traveled to Colchester with the West Saxon army and repaired the fortress, and rebuilt it where it had been destroyed.
  2. to cure or treat
    • 9th century, Bald's Leechbook vol. I
      On þām bæðe ġehwilċe morgne drince hē milisċe drincan, sēo ġebēt þā biternesse þæs ġealles.
      He should have a sweetened drink in the bath every morning; it will alleviate the bitterness of the bile.
  3. to atone or compensate for
    • late 9th century, Old English Martyrology
      Þæs þā ymb twēġen dagas, þǣr hēo slēp æt hiere godmēder hūse, þā cōm hiere dēofol tō and hīe āweahte and cwæþ tō hiere, "Mīn hlǣfdīġe, ġif þē wæs gold tō lȳtel oþþe seolofor oþþe dīerwierðra ġimma oþþe ǣniġra weoroldwelena, iċ þæt sōna ġebēte, ac ne forlǣt þū mē."
      Two days later, while she was asleep at her godmother’s house, a demon came to her and woke her up and said, "My lady, if you had too little gold or silver or precious stones or any kind of worldly goods, I will make up for that immediately, but don’t renounce me."
  4. to make or attend to a fire or a lamp
    • c. 900, Werferth, translation of the Dialogues of Gregory
      Hē stōd on trīwenre hlǣdre under þām lēohtfæte and ontende and ġebētte þæt lēoht.
      He was standing on a wooden ladder under the lamp to kindle the fire.

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