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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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