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gelyfan

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Old English

Etymology

Proto-Germanic *galauƀian (to believe, to hold valuable or pleasing), from *ga-laub- (dear, pleasing), from Proto-Indo-European *lubʰ- (like, love). Cognate with Old Saxon gilōƀian (Dutch geloven), Old High German gilouben (German glauben), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌱𐌾𐌰𐌽 (galaubjan).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /jeˈlyːvɑn/

Verb

ġelȳfan

  1. to believe, believe in
    Gif ðu soþne God lufast and gelyfest. If you love and believe in the true God.
  2. to trust (in), count on
    Ðær gelyfan sceal dryhtnes dome se þe hine deað nimeð. There whoever death takes must trust in the judgment of the Lord. (Beowulf, ll. 440-1)

Conjugation

Class 1 weak
present singular plural
1st person ġelȳfe ġelȳfaþ
2nd person ġelȳfest
3rd person ġelȳfeþ
subjunctive ġelȳfe ġelȳfen
preterite singular plural
1st person ġelȳfde ġelȳfdon
2nd person ġelȳfdest
3rd person ġelȳfde
subjunctive ġelȳfde ġelȳfden
imperative singular plural
ġelȳf ġelȳfaþ
participle present past
ġelȳfende (ġe)ġelȳfed


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