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beleave

v.

Old English belæfan, "to cause or allow to remain behind, to leave something behind," a general Germanic compound (cf. Gothic bilaibjan) from be- + Old English læfan "to leave" (see leave (v.)). In Middle English sometimes contracted to bleve. For further development, see belive.

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Examples from the Web for beleave

Historical Examples

  • I know them littery chaps, and, beleave me, I'd rather be a footman.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • I beleave we could make 1000 feet of it by showing me driveing into the field with my extra made wagon.

    The So-called Human Race

    Bert Leston Taylor

  • Az a gineral thing, if yu want tew git at the truth ov a perlitikal argyment, hear both sides and beleave neither.

    Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings

    Henry Wheeler Shaw

  • Would you beleave that the lady he was a-ritin to was a chased, modist lady of honor, and mother of a famly?

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • I beleave in the universal salvashun ov men, but I want tew pick the men.

    Josh Billings on Ice

    Henry Wheeler Shaw