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definition of the word aby

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From Old English ābycgan (corresponding to a- + buy), from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Gothic 𐌿𐍃𐌱𐌿𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (usbugjan).

Infinitive
to aby

Third person singular
abies

Simple past
abought

Past participle
abought

Present participle
abying

to aby (third-person singular simple present abies, present participle abying, simple past and past participle abought)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To pay for; to buy.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To pay the penalty for; atone for.
    • Lest to thy peril thou aby it dear. - Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, III,ii
  3. (transitive, archaic) To pay as penalty, to suffer.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To endure, to experience, to tolerate. (Confused with abide.)
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To endure; to abide. (Confused with abide.)
    • But nought that wanteth rest can long aby. - Spenser

aby

  1. so that, in order to, so

aby

  1. to, in order to, so that
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