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  • verb [ strong ]
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ge-nesan, p. -næs, pl. -nǽson; pp. -nesen
Wright's OE grammar
§239; §505;
To be saved, preserved, escape from
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  • Se biþ hál and geneseþ on écnesse

    he shall be safe and shall be preserved to eternity,

      Blickl. Homl. 171, 26.
  • Hróf ána genæs ealles ánsúnd

    the roof alone was saved wholly sound,

      Beo. Th. 2003; B. 999.
  • Se ða sæcce genæs

    who had come safely from the conflict,

      3959; B. 1977: 4844; B. 2426: Cd. 94; Th. 121, 33; Gen. 2019.
  • Ða ðe ða frécennesse and yrmðo genǽson

    those who had survived the danger and misery,

      Blickl. Homl. 203, 20: Ors. 4, 8; Bos. 90, 8: Fins. Th. 95; Fin. 47.
  • Hý ðurh miltse meotudes genǽson

    they have been saved through the Lord's mercy,

      Exon. 26 a; Th. 77, 12; Cri. 1255.
  • He níða gehwane genesen hæfde

    he had survived every struggle,

      Beo. Th. 4786; B. 2397.
  • Ðæt híg mihton ða frǽcnesse genesan

    that they might escape the danger,

      Shrn. 38. 2.
[Goth. ga-nisan to be saved: O. Sax. gi-nesan: O. H. Ger. ge-nesan: Ger. ge-nesen to get well.]
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v.  ge-næs nesan.
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  • ge-nesan, v.