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lesan

  • verb [ strong ]
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Grammar
lesan, p. læs; pl. lǽson; pp. lesen
Wright's OE grammar
§80; §239; §307; §505;
To lease [ = glean dialect.], gather, collect
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  • Se eorþlíca anweald nǽfre ne sǽwþ cræftas ac lisþ and gadraþ unþeáwas

    earthly power never sows virtues, but collects and gathers vices,

      Bt. 27, 1; Fox 94, 25.
  • Gif gé lesaþ wyrte on Sunnandæg

    if ye gather herbs on Sunday,

      Wulfst. 231, 18.
  • Ic læs

    I collected,

      Elen. Kmbl. 2474; El. 1238.
  • Hí lǽson ǽfre forþ mid heom ealle ða butsecarlas ðe heó gemétton

    they kept on all the while collecting and joining to themselves all the sailors they found,

      Chr. 1052; Erl. 184, 15.
  • Ne gé ne gaderion ða eár ðe bæftan eów beóþ ac lǽtaþ þearfan and útácymene hig lesan

    nec remanentes spicas colligetis, sed pauperibus et peregrinis dimittetis eas,

      Lev. 23, 22.
Etymology
[Piers P. Wick. lese to glean: Goth. lisan: O. Sax. lesan: O. L. Ger. lesan to read: O. Frs. lesa: Icel. lesa: O. H. Ger. lesan legere, colligere: Ger. lesen.]
Derived forms
DER. á-lesan.
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