swefan
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Strong
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swefan
p. swæf, pl. swǽfon; pp. swefen To sleep. I. of natural sleep Se ne slǽpeþ ne swefeþ (or III a) swýðe non dormitavit neque obdormiet, Ps. Th. 120, 4. Hé swifeþ slǽpe gebiesgad. Exon. Th. 358, 1 ; Pa. 39. Hé sófte swæf. Cd. Th. 12, 2 ; Gen. 179: 94, 19 ; Gen. 1564. Sceótend swǽfon, ða ðæt hornreced healdan scoldon, Beo. Th. 1411; B. 703: 2564; B. 1280. Ðú móst sorhleás swefan, 3348; B. 1672: 238; B. 119. Geseah hé in recede swefan sibbegedriht samod ætgædere, 1462 ; B. 729 : Exon. Th. 344, 25 ; Gn. Ex. 179. Swefan under swegles hleó, Andr. Kmbl. 1663; An. 834. Swefan on slǽpe, 1695; An. 851. II. of the sleep of death Se fǽge þegn æfter billes bite swefeþ, Beo. Th. 4127 ; B. 2060. Se wyrm ligeþ, swefeþ sáre wund, 5485 ; B. 2746. Swefaþ ða ðe beadogríman býwan sceoldon, 4505 ; B. 2256. Hý deáðdrepe drihte swǽfon, synfullra sweót sáwlum lunnon, Cd. Th. 209, 7; Exod. 495. Hǽðene swǽfon, deáðwang ridon, Andr. Kmbl. 2004; An. 1004. Hláfurd sécan oððe hér swefan, Vald. 1. 31. III. metaphorically, a. to denote lack of watchfulness Ðonne se weard swefeþ, sáwele hyrde, Beo. Th. 3487; B. 1741. b. to denote cessation of activity Swǽfon seledreámas, Cd. Th. 179, 29; Exod. 36. [Cf. Þa sæ sweuede, Laym. 25548. Icel. sofa; p. svaf to sleep: Dan. sove : Swed. sofwa.] v. swebban.
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