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[ uh-bahy ]
/ əˈbaɪ /
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verb (used with object), past and past participle a·bought.

Archaic. to pay the penalty of.

verb (used without object), past and past participle a·bought.Obsolete.

to endure; continue.
to undergo suffering as a penalty.

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Origin of aby

before 1100; Middle English abyen,Old English ābycgan.See a-3, buy

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aby

abye

/ (əˈbaɪ) /

verb abys, abyes, abying or abought

(tr) archaic to pay the penalty for; redeem

Word Origin for aby

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