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1. a indef. art.

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Referring to an unspecified, or as yet unspecified, member of a class or representative of a type; -- (a) as the first unit in a noun phrase [the usual construction]; (b) before an adj. modifying a…

2. a- pref.(1), in verbs

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In verbs inherited from OE:(a) From OE ā-: a-biden, a-breken, a-fallen, a-reren, a-risen, a-senden, a-waken, a-winnen, and many others. (b) From OE on-: a-biden (also an-biden), ppl. a-knoue(n (also…

3. a- pref.(2), in adverbs

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From early ME a prep., derived from unstressed an before nouns, adjs., and advs. beginning with a consonant [OE on, an]. (a) Orig. noun phrases: a-beggeþ, a-bedde, a-blode, a-clokke, a-dai(es,

4. abaishen v.

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(a) To lose one's composure, be upset; -- refl. & intr.; (b) ben abaished, be upset or perplexed (as by fear, shame, surprise); contextually: be afraid, embarrassed, surprised; (c) waxen (becomen)

5. abilitẹ̄ n.

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A capacity for doing something, proficiency in an art or profession, ability, power.

6. -āble adj. suf.

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In words taken from OF (& L): (a) derived from verbs, with 'passive' meaning: accept-able, agre-able, am-able, blam-able, chaunge-able, forfet-able, fortun-able, honor-able, etc.; (b) derived from…

7. abǒve(n adv.

Additional spellings: aboven
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Directly over (but without touching or resting upon), overhead; in heaven; also fig. [quot. a1225].

8. abrọ̄sed ppl.

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Bruised, battered.

9. absoilen v.

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(a) Of a priest: to grant absolution to (sb.), remit sin in the name of the Church; (b) of God: to pardon (a sinner); (c) to release (an accused person from a penalty), acquit.

10. ac conj.

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Used between contrasting expressions: but, yet, however, nevertheless; -- (a) between clauses; (b) as an introductory expression.

11. ac- pref.

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12. accǒunseilẹ̄ ppl.

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Secretly agreed, plotting.

13. āche n.(1)

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Pain, esp. continuous or deep-seated pain; aching, suffering; ache of hed, headache; toth ake; aches of love, the woes of love.

14. acheken v.

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(a) To choke, strangle, or suffocate (sb.); (b) to obstruct (sth.).

15. acrois phrase& adv.

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(a) In the shape of a cross, i.e. with arms extended; (b) in a crossed position; (c) from one side to the other, across the length of something.

16. adọ̄ n.

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(a) Dealings, intercourse, traffic; (b) sexual intercourse; (c) conflict, fighting.

17. affīe n.

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Reliance, trust; don affie, setten affie, to put (one's) trust (in sb.).

18. afọ̄n v.

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(a) To receive (a gift, reward, etc.); also, accept; (b) to inherit (a kingdom), take possession of (land, an office, an abbey, etc.); (c) to receive (punishment, penance, etc.); suffer (a blow, a…

19. afō̆rce adv.

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By compulsion, of necessity; aforce fin, by sheer force, by main force.

20. after- prefix

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Verbal cpds.: (a) after- bending, the second bending, a bending back (of a bow); prob., the shaping process which gives the ends a curvature the reverse of that at the center; after- berende, bearing…