Middle English Dictionary Entry

swīken v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. aswiken v., biswiken v., iswiken v.
1.
(a) To act deceitfully, deceive; ~ on (for), act dishonestly with respect to (sth.), be dishonest in the matter of; (b) to betray (sb., one's soul); deceive (sb., an animal), beguile; cause (sb.) to sin; (c) of a sword: to fail (sb.); of a reply: disappoint (sb.).
2.
(a) To cease, desist; ~ of, desist from (sth.); (b) to cease (sth.), desist from; with inf.: cease (to do sth.).