or a·bye


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.

Nearby words

  1. abv.,
  2. abvd,
  3. abvolt,
  4. abwatt,
  5. abwehr,
  6. abydos,
  7. abyla,
  8. abysm,
  9. abysmal,
  10. abyss

Origin of aby

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

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British Dictionary definitions for abye



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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