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ave

[ah-vey, ey-vee] /ˈɑ veɪ, ˈeɪ vi/
interjection
1.
hail; welcome.
2.
farewell; goodbye.
noun
3.
the salutation “ave.”.
4.
(initial capital letter) Ave Maria.
Origin of ave
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English < Latin: imperative 2nd singular of avēre to be well, fare well

Ave.

or ave

1.

ave atque vale

[ah-we aht-kwe wah-le; English ey-vee at-kwee vey-lee, ah-vey aht-kwey vah-ley] /ˈɑ wɛ ˈɑt kwɛ ˈwɑ lɛ; English ˈeɪ vi ˈæt kwi ˈveɪ li, ˈɑ veɪ ˈɑt kweɪ ˈvɑ leɪ/
interjection, Latin.
1.
hail and farewell.
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Examples from the Web for ave
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  • I came to see, ma'am, whether you'd take me back, as I 'aven't got Baby now.

  • They 'ave to 'ire one when they're in London so's to get about from one 'all to another.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • You go an' wash your 'ands, an' I'll 'ave your dinner up in 'alf a jiff!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Any'ow, I should go out if I was you, an' 'ave a look at London.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • She'd a done better to 'ave a good cry and tell me 'er troubles.

British Dictionary definitions for ave

ave

/ˈɑːvɪ; ˈɑːveɪ/
sentence substitute
1.
welcome or farewell
Word Origin
Latin

Ave1

/ˈɑːvɪ/
noun (RC Church)
1.
short for Ave Maria See Hail Mary
2.
the time for the Angelus to be recited, so called because of the threefold repetition of the Ave Maria in this devotion
3.
the beads of the rosary used to count the number of Ave Marias said
Word Origin
C13: from Latin: hail!

Ave2

abbreviation
1.
avenue
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Word Origin and History for ave

"hail," also "farewell," early 13c. (in reference to the Ave Maria), from Latin ave, second person singular imperative of avere "to be or fare well."

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