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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 abyes



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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