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  1. simple past tense and past participle of aby.


or a·bye

verb (used with object), past and past participle a·bought.
  1. Archaic. to pay the penalty of.
verb (used without object), past and past participle a·bought. Obsolete.
  1. to endure; continue.
  2. to undergo suffering as a penalty.

Origin of aby

before 1100; Middle English abyen, Old English ābycgan. See a-3, buy
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British Dictionary definitions for abought



verb abys, abyes, abying or abought
  1. (tr) archaic to pay the penalty for; redeem

Word Origin

Old English ābycgan to pay for, atone for, from bycgan to buy
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