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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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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 God
b. 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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