See also: lief an

Old EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-West Germanic *laubijan, from Proto-Germanic *laubijaną, related to Old English lēaf (permission, leave).

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈli͜yː.fɑn/, [ˈli͜yː.vɑn]

VerbEdit

līefan (West Saxon)

  1. (transitive) to give leave; grant; allow; consent
  2. (transitive) to believe; trust; confide in

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Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-West Germanic *liubijan, from Proto-Germanic *liubijaną, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz, related to Old English lēof (lief, dear).

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VerbEdit

līefan (West Saxon)

  1. (intransitive) to be dear or pleasant; delight

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