• WordNet 3.6
    • v abye make amends for "expiate one's sins"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abye To endure; to abide. "But nought that wanteth rest can long aby ."
    • Abye To pay for; to suffer for; to atone for; to make amends for; to give satisfaction. "Lest to thy peril thou aby it dear."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Abye (arch.) to pay the penalty: to suffer for: to give satisfaction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ābycgan, to pay for; pref. ā-,cf. Goth. us-, Ger. er-, orig. meaning out,) + bycgan, to buy. See Buy, and cf. Abide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. a-, and A.S. bycgan. See Buy.


In literature:

ABY, abye, endure, suffer.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Nowe bitterlye he shall abye, And vengeance fall upon his head.
"English and Scottish Ballads, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Therfore thou shalt abye.
"English and Scottish Ballads, Volume V (of 8)"