adverb Etymology: Middle English bilive vigorously, from by + live, dative of lif life Date: 1594 Scottish in due time ; by and by

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  • Belive — Be*live , adv. [Cf. {Live}, a.] Forthwith; speedily; quickly. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belive — (v.) O.E. belifan remain, intransitive form of belæfan cause to remain (see BELEAVE (Cf. beleave)). A general Germanic word (Cf. Goth. beleiban, O.H.G. biliban, Ger. bleiben, Du. blijven); confused in early M.E. with beleave and merged into it,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • belive —  When it rains a little, and the shower is likely to increase, they say in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, It spits now, it will spew belive …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • belive — /bi luyv /, adv. Scot. before long; soon. [1150 1200; ME bi live BY LIFE, i.e., with liveliness] * * * …   Universalium

  • belive — adverb /bɪˈlʌɪv,bəˈlaɪv/ Soon, presently, before long; by and by; anon By that same way the direfull dames doe driue / Their mournefull charet, fild with rusty blood, / And downe to Plutoes house are come biliue [...] …   Wiktionary

  • belive — I Mawdesley Glossary there it is. II North Country (Newcastle) Words anon, by and by, quickly, briskly …   English dialects glossary

  • belive — or Blive, == quickly. RG. 50. SS. ‘bilife.’ Cf. Dan. ‘oplive,’ == to quicken, enliven, and the two senses of our Eng. ‘quick’ …   Oldest English Words

  • belive — be·live …   English syllables

  • belive — bə̇ˈlīv, bē adverb Etymology: Middle English bilive, from bi by + live, dative of lif life more at life 1. now Scotland : speedily, quickly 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • theer belive — Mawdesley Glossary there it is …   English dialects glossary

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