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  • verb [ weak ]
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be-syrwan, -syrewian, -syrian, -serian; p. -syrwde; pp. -syrwed
To ensnare, deceive; circumvenire, decipere, machinari
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  • Ðæt híg woldon ðone Hǽlend mid fácne besyrwan

    ut Iesum dolo tenerent,

      Mt. Bos. 26, 4.
  • Mynte se mánscaða manna cynnes sumne besyrwan

    the wicked spoiler expected to ensnare one of the race of men,

      Beo. Th. 1430; B. 713 : 1888; B. 942 : Cd. 127; Th. 162, 13; Gen. 2680.
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v. syrwan.
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v.  be-serian be-syrewian be-syrian be-sirwan.
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  • be-syrwan, v.