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BE, [abbreviated from big = bí, q. v.]; prep. dat. and instr.
Wright's OE grammar
§559; §570; §647;
BY, near to, to, at, in, on, upon, about, with; juxta, prope, ad, secus, in, cum
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  • Be wege

    by the way,

    • Mk. Bos. 8, 3
    • .
  • Wunode be lordane

    he dwelt by Jordan,

    • Cd. 91; Th. 116, 6
    • ;
    • Gen. 1932
    • .
  • Be grúnde wód

    went on the ground,

    • Exon. 106a; Th. 404, 29
    • ;
    • Rä. 23, 15
    • .
  • Be ýþláfe

    along the leaving of the waves,

    • Beo. Th. 1136
    • ;
    • B. 566
    • .
  • Ic be grúnde græfe

    I dig along the ground,

    • Exon. 106a; Th. 403, 3
    • ;
    • Rä. 22, 2
    • .
  • Be fullan

    in full;

    abundanter,

    • Ps. Th. 30, 27
    • .
  • Be eallum

    with all, altogether,

    • L. Ath. v. § 8, 2; Th. i. 236, 12
    • .
  • Ne mæg he be ðý wedre wesan

    he may not be in the open air,

    • Exon. 90b; Th. 340, 18
    • ;
    • Gn. Ex. 113
    • .
  • Be ðam strande

    upon the strand or shore,

    • Mt. Bos. 13, 48
    • .
  • Ne leofaþ se man be hláfe ánum, ac be ǽlcon worde, ðe of Godes múþe gǽþ

    non in solo pane vivit homo, sed in omni verbo, quod procedit de ore Dei,

    • Mt. Bos. 4, 4
    • .
  • Byrgan be deádum

    to bury with the dead,

    • Exon. 82b; Th. 311, 27
    • ;
    • Seef. 98
    • .
of, from, about, touching, concerning; de, quoad
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  • Be ðam cilde

    of or concerning the child,

    • Mt. Bos. 2, 8
    • .
  • Be hlísan

    of or about fame,

    • Bt. titl. xviii. xix; Fox xiv. 1
    • .
  • Gramlíce be Gode sprǽcan

    male locuti sunt de Deo,

    • Ps. Th. 77, 20
    • .
  • Be his horse Bucefal

    about his horse Bucephal,

    • Ors. 3, 9; Bos. 67, 39
    • .
  • Ahsiaþ be ealdum dagum

    interrogate de diebus antiquis,

    • Deut. 4, 32
    • .
  • Mæg ic be me sylfum sóþ gied wrecan

    of myself I can relate a true tale,

    • Exon. 81b; Th. 306, 1
    • ;
    • Seef. 1
    • .
  • Ic ðis gid be ðé awræc

    I recited this strain of thee,

    • Beo. Th. 3451
    • ;
    • B. 1723
    • .
  • Nysse ic be ðǽre [róde] riht

    I did not know the right about the cross,

    • Elen. Kmbl. 2479
    • ;
    • El. 1241
    • .
for, because of, after, by, through, according to; pro, propter, er, secundum
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  • He sette word be worde

    he set word for word,

    • Bt. pro?m; Fox viii. 3
    • .
  • Be hyra weorcum

    for their works,

    • Exon. 26b; Th. 79, 13
    • ;
    • Cri. 1290
    • .
  • Ðú scealt sunu ágan, bearn be brýde ðínre

    thou shalt have a son, a child, by thy bride,

    • Cd. 106; Th. 140, 11
    • ;
    • Gen. 2326
    • .
  • Forlǽdd be ðam lygenum

    misled by the lies,

    • 28; Th. 37, 31
    • ;
    • Gen. 598
    • .
  • Ðæt ic meahte ongitan be ðam gealdre Godes bearn

    that I might comprehend, through that lore, God's child,

    • Exon. 83a; Th. 313, 26
    • ;
    • Mód. 6
    • .
  • Hie, be wæstmum, wíg curon

    they, according to his strength, choose each warrior,

    • Cd. 155; Th. 193, 8
    • ;
    • Exod. 243
    • .
  • Ná ðú be gewyrhtum úrum woldest us dón

    thou wouldst not do to us according to our sins

    [secundum peccata nostra],

    • Ps. Th. 102, 10
    • .
beside, out of; e, ex
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  • Ic ðé lǽde be ðam [bi, ðæm MS. Cott.] wege

    I should lead thee out of the way,

    • Bt. 40, 5; Fox 240, 23
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  • Genam hine æt eowde úte be sceápum

    tulit eum de gregibus ovium,

    • Ps. Th. 77, 69
    • .
sometimes be is separated from its case:
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  • Be dæges leóhte

    at the light of day or at daylight,

    • Exon. 107b; Th. 410, 17
    • ;
    • Rä. 28, 17
    • .
  • Be fæder láre

    through the father's counsel,

    • Beo. Th. 3905
    • ;
    • B. 1950
    • .
  • Úre bán syndon toworpene be helwarena hæfte neódum

    dissipata sunt ossa nostra secus infernum,

    • Ps. Th. 140, 9
    • .
  • Mín bibod ðú brǽce be ðines bonan worde

    thou didst break my command through the word of thy destroyer [the devil],

    • Exon. 28a; Th. 85, 21
    • ;
    • Cri. 1394
    • .
  • Be ánfealdum

    single.

  • Be twífealdum

    twofold,

    • Ex. 22, 4
    • .
  • Be ðam mǽstan

    at the most.

  • Be ðam ðe as,

    • Gen. 3, 6
    • .
Etymology
[
Orm. Laym. R. Glouc. Piers P. bi
:
Chauc. Wyc. by
:
Plat.
:
O. Sax. bi, be
:
O. Frs. , be
:
Dut. by
:
Ger. bei
:
M. H. Ger.
:
O. H. G. ,
:
Goth. bi
:
Sansk. abhi?
]
Linked entries
v.  be-hlæstan be-strídan be-tǽcung bi big bii .
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