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Give, Gyve, v. Also: giw(e, gywe. P.p. givin, -ine, -ein, gyvyn(e, -in; giwin, -en, gywyn, -in. [ME. give, gyve, var. of Geve v., Gif v. In later use prob. adopted from English.] tr. To give, in various senses.(a) c1420 Wynt. vii. 2690.
That thai … litill had to gyve
Ib. ix. 1118.
God gyve him gras To govern … his land
1536 Lynd. Answ. Flyting 43.
I giue ȝour counsale to the feynd of hell
c1550 Id. Meldrum 353.
Sen it giuis me in my hart
1567 G. Ball. 31.
Quha will nocht haill to Christ him giue
a1578 Pitsc. I. 220/ii.
Giueand him consail to have devoirit his sone
(b) c1420 Wynt. iv. 1928.
Thow suld … thé fra lustys to wertu gywe
Ib. v. 5049.
To gywe hyr wemen town to spyn
1474 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 527.
[Power] quytclaimis to giw
1531 Reg. Soltre 104.
It sall nocht be lesum … to giwe nor to mak ony akkaring … of the said land bot to the said prowest
c1590 J. Stewart 156/11.
Thay giwe him vings hich vith the vind to brall
c1590 Fowler I. 117/137.
Who … this sing and show did giwe
1605 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 44.
To giwe vp thair names to the session
1623 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 388.
They sall giwe wnto thame thair … upricht counsall
1653 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 61.
He … sall giw noties to the cuntrie people
(c) 1389 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. 47.
For qwhy that … Dauid kyng qwhilom of Scotland … has gyyin [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. iv. Prol. 13.
The crowne wes gyvyn for wyctory In auld tyme
Ib. v. 5704.
A man all gyvyne to wykkytnes
1428 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 460.
Efter the fulfilling of mariage and joynt feftment gyvin
1549 Compl. 148/4.
The armys … var gyuyn to ȝour predecessours be the prince
1578 Conv. Burghs I. 59.
Befoir definitive be givin out
1602 Elphinstone Chart. 165.
To pay silvir for the victuall I sould haif giuein him fearneyeir
1644 Edinb. Test. LXI. 2.
Tua coilhors, quhairof one blind, givine to the coilman
(b) c1420 Wynt. v. 1757.
Tendys or monay That wes gywyn in offerande
Ib. 3851.
Sentens gywyn but fowrme off lawe
1566 Melville Chart. 115.
Twa chalderis wittell … , gywin to him
1637 Misc. Spald. C. V. 226.
[The fuel] salbe … giwin into the said bairnes chalmerer into the college
1677 Grant Chart. 354.
The testament datiwe … eiked and giwen wp to Ludovick Grant

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