Bosworth Toller's

Anglo-Saxon

Dictionary online

lífan

  • verb [ weak ]
Dictionary links
Grammar
lífan, léfan, lýfan; p. de
To give leave, allow, permit
Show examples
  • Ða feówer ic eów lýfe tó sǽde and tó mete

    quatuor reliquas permitto vobis in sementem et in cibum,

      Gen. 47, 24.
  • Ic ðé selfes dóm lífe

    I allow you to decide,

      Cd. 91 ; Th. 115, 7; Gen. 1916.
  • Moyses lýfde eów eówer wíf tó forlǽtenne

    Moses permisit vobis dimittere uxores vestras,

      Mt. Kmbl. 19, 8.
  • God lýfde Adame, ðæt hé móste brúcan ealra wæstma,

      Wulfst. 9, 6: Blickl. Homl. 189, 22.
  • Ðá bǽdon hý ðæt hé lýfde him on ða gán. Þá lýfde hé him,

      Lk. Skt. 8, 32.
  • Ðá se cing lýfde eallon Myrceon hám and hig swá dydon

    then the king gave leave to all the Mercians to go home, and they did so,

      Chr. 1049; Erl. 172, 37.
  • Wé hit ne selfe ne lufedon ne eác óðrum monnum ne lífdon [léfdon, Hat. MS ]

    we did not love it ourselves nor allow it to other men,

      Past. pref; Swt. 4, 6.
  • Ic bidde ðæt ðú mé lýfe ofer ðín land tó férenne

    obsecro, ut transire mihi liceat per terram tuam,

      Num. 21, 22.
  • Tó ðam dyrstig, ðæt hé ǽfre lífe ǽnigan men ðis fæsten tó ábrecenne,

      Wulfst. 174, 60.
  • Gif prióst lǽfe unrihthǽmed,

      L. Wih. 6; Th. i. 38, 9.
  • Gif eów Crist lýfan wylle, dæt ... Exon. 41 a; Th. 137,

      27; Gú. 565.
Etymology
[Icel. leyfa to permit]
Similar entries
v. á-, ge-lífan.
Linked entries
v.  be-lífan lǽfan léfan lýfan.
Full form

Word-wheel

  • lífan, v.