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FORLEET, v. Also fore-, for(e)teit, forlet(e), ¶forlied. Pa.t. forleet(it); pa.p. forleeted, forleitet; forleet (Sc. 1862 G. Henderson Matthew xxvii. 46), -lied.

1. To forsake, desert, leave behind (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Knr. 1920; Fif. 1953). Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry 133:
Ilk button that his finger seeks As if forleitet by its steeks Upon the flure down drappit.
Sc. 1837  Wilson's Tales of the Borders IV. 35:
“And like a lyon lap,” as if he would have foreleeted Lightfute himself.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxviii.:
The wratch wha pledges his heart an' han' to a young kimmer an' syne forleits her.
Sc. 1871  P. H. Waddell Psalms xxxvii. 25:
Bot the righteous forlied, or his bairns seekin bread, I ne'er saw.
Sc. 1951  Scots Mag. (Feb.) 410:
Syne like a fair-forleetit bairn She wannered oot o' ken.

2. To forget (Sc. 1776 D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 251, Gl.; Ayr. 1825 Jam.). Rnf. 1813  E. Picken Poems I. 60:
I'll ne'er forleet, how frae my crown The vera bluid came rappin' down.

[O.Sc. forleit, to abandon, 1456, O.E. forltan, id.]

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