A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
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Meve, v. Also: mew. [ME. meve(n (c 1290), meeve, meefe (c 1380), mefe (15th c.), meove (14th c.), meuve (1399), moeve (14th c.), e.m.E. meve, moeve (15–16th c.), repr. inflexional forms of OF. movoir with stress on the root syllable, as OF. muevent, moevent (mod. F. meuvent) 3 plur. pres. indic.: cf. Move, Mufe.] To move, in senses of Move v. a. tr. To stir, rouse, incite; to incense; to prompt, impel; to bring (a matter) to court. b. intr. To take (legal or official) action. —a. a1400 Leg. S. vii. 118.
The folk with a sowdane cry Thai mewit than sa sodanly That thai war in wil for to stane The apostollis c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1513 (C).
Eneas, that meved was 1528 Breadalbane Doc. No. 42.
To tak afald & plane parte … in all matteris … quarellis meuit or to be meuit 1551 Hamilton Cat. 271.
It [sc. prayer to the Virgin] mevis us to contemplation and remembrance of the gret benefitis of Godb. 1624 Kinghorn Kirk S. 25.
Mr. Alexr Scrimgeor, notwithstanding he is moderator of the session, refuisit to mew any wayes in that business
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