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Remove, -muf(e, v. Also: ra- and -mow(e, -moove, -moow, -mouv, -muff(e, -mwf; -muif(f)e, -mwif(e; -mof(e, -moff; -moif(f), -moyff, -mouf(f, -mowff; -muve. P.t. also remowyed. [ME and e.m.E. remowe (Rolle), -move, OF remov-, alternative stem of remouvoir, L. removēre, f. re- and movēre to move. See also Remeve v.

1. tr. With a person, also an animal, as object: To cause to move or depart (frome, fra, (out) of, furth of a place or person); to send away, to compel to leave or go from or to the place specified.With and without const.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxxii 134.
A madyne sa he lofit That he mycht nocht be remowit
1578 Glenartney Doc.
That all personis haveing ony guides or catale pasturand within our said forrest tak and remove thame
1600-1610 Melvill 118.
To consult whow the parliament sould nocht inleak the spirituall esteat, bischopes being removit
1685 Dunlop P. III 15.
Ther neams is set doun as they were removed
(b) 1513 Doug. iv Prol. 131.
Quharby Thi self or thame thou frawartis God remufis
1532 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 60.
The actione … quhairby he suld be repellit and remuffit in this actione and caus
1533 Acts Sederunt i 12.
That ye remuife sick persounis suspecte, gif ony be
(2) 1388 Douglas Chart. 33.
So [= scho] sal nocht be removyt ovt off na innys na ezis that so had befor
c1420 Wynt. ii 1422.
Off nede thame behuwyd To be banyst and removid Fra thare … kyth
Ib. iv 1649.
Fra Rome than he remowyed hale Hys ost
a1470 Innes Sketches 506.
Without rycht or resoun thai remowit and pwt the said smith fra the said place
1562 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 8.
That all bordeleris and notorious and manifest harlotis and huris be remowit and baneist frome this toune
1634 Aberd. Trades 282.
The said servant sall be removit fra that maister and sall go to any nyther
(b) 1527 Douglas Corr. 343.
Ȝour grace … desirit his hienes to remuif Hary Steuart fra the queine, his mother
1535 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 443.
Gif thar be ony persouns in to the samin [sc. hospital] … to remuff thame tharfra
1551 Elgin Rec. I 113.
James Runseman, officiar to my Lord Bischope of Murray, requirit William Mylln to remvif his scheip out of the said lordis grund
1567 G. Ball. 86.
From thy face thow sall thame swyith remufe
1569 St. A. Kirk S. 329.
Decernit … to remuif Janet Wemis … furtht of his cumpany
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 15.
His ordinarie seruandis were remuifit from him
1604 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 111.
The complent … that Mairjorie Sinclair had remuifit him fra certane … land apertening to the king
(c) 1542 Liber Melros 641.
Efter the sicht heirof remoif and put the gudis being vpoun the steding of Langley … of the samin
1560 Peebles B. Rec. I 269.
Ane adulterare … to remoif his concuby Jonet Foulare fra him
1579–80 Inverness Rec. I 275.
That thai … remoiff and put awaye thair sweyne of this burcht
(3) ?1438 Alex. i 1944.
He … suair Bot gif that he remouit thame thair, He pryssit him nocht worth ane penny
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 10.
Scho [sc. the queen] … prepairis all thingis to remuif Bothwell thether

b. specif. To dismiss (an interested party) from a court, inquest, etc., during its deliberations and taking of decisions.(a) 1452 Melville Chart. 36.
Than the saide Scher Andro removit out of curt, the curt avisit as than, the saide Scher Andro in-callit [etc.]
1495 Acta Conc. I 382/1.
The partiis beand remouit & the lordis … beand awisit … decrettit … that [etc.]
1524 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 390.
The said lord being of cowrt remouyt the saidis bailȝeis awisit … and concludit that [etc.]
1559 Edinb. B. Rec. III 56.
The saidis dekynnis being furthe of courte removit, and incallit agane
1665 J. M. Beale Fife Schools 179.
The scholars being all removed Mr. John Malcolm was interrogate
1698 Penninghame Par. Rec. I 21.
Thomas M'Keand removed and nothing found but what was commendable he is called in and incouraged
(b) 1456 Peebles B. Rec. I 115.
The parti ramofit, the curt awysit, Pat Kellou dempstar wardit John Hau in amersament
1457 Ib. 125. 1533 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 95.
The quhilkis [parties] of curt being remwifit the jugis … awisat obeit our soueran lordis lettres
1553 Lanark B. Rec. 28.
Quha avyssit with thar assessuris and ramoffit the parties
1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II 198.
Francis Tennand, beand removit be tham … nochtwithstanding that he allegit that he had bene prouest and suld nocht be remoiffit

c. specif. To compel (a tenant) to quit his holding. Also absol.(a) 1542 Reg. Privy S. II 733/2.
The tenentis … to remove and output, and utheris in thair placis to imput
1566 Ib. 467.
That kyndlie possessouris of stedingis sould nocht be removit … without thai wer satisfiit for thair kyndnes
1568 Acts III 45/1.
That na malar fermorar or vther occupiar of landis payand thair dewiteis vsit and wount be removit thairfra [etc.]
c1575 Balfour Pract. 208.
Ane tenent being in possessioun, as tenent or mailler of ony landis, cloisit within termis, and not lauchfullie warnit befoir the feist of Whitsounday, may not be removit fra his said mailling
Ib. 4i> 460.
Na man may remove his tenentis and occupyaris of his landis gif … he … promisit not to remove thame … induring his lifetime
Ib. 463, etc.
Ane tenent havand tak … for termis to rin may not be removit; and he beand warnit to remove and not removand may not be callit for violence
1576 Reg. Privy C. II 542.
Gif ony of thame beis fund removit [etc.]
1581 Reg. Privy C. III 396.
Thay on nawyse suld … molest, rais or remove ony of the auld tennentis
(b) 14.. Acts (1597) Table s.v. Remooueing.
Land being set to ane be ane vther in few-ferme & fallen in the kings hands [etc.] … the king may not remoove the tenant fra the saidis landes
(c) 1587 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 17 July.
Johne Brabner … grantit hym self … lauchfully ramowit fra his tak & rowme … in the handis & fawouris of James Ogiluie … his maister & als grantit hym ramowit thairfre as ane decreit judiciall of the sheref of Banffe … with preceptis executorialls of ramowing haid past thairupone
(d) 1444–5 Peebles Chart. 10.
Gif he defawtis in his service … he sal be remufyt at thair wil
1499 Exch. R. XI 396. 1510 Reg. Privy S. I 318/1.
With power to remufe the tennentis of the said landis … and utheris in thair placis to input
(e) 1527 Stirlings of Keir 330.
With powar … the tenentis … to remuiff [ed. -muifs], input, out put [etc.] … als oft as he … thinkis expedient
(f) 1512 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 184.
The forsaidis personis ramofit and agane enterit deponit … that [etc.]
(g) 1548 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 577.
[The said Robert] … sall nocht remoif thaim fra thar kynd rowmes, takkis or stedingis
1566 Inverness Rec. I 145.
Thomas … laubourit the samyn wyth his kyndness and is nocht remoiffit be him of the samyn as yit
absol. 1621 Acts IV 621/2.
For a precept to poynd eiect and remove

d. To remove from office; to depose, to dismiss; to change to a new office.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii 1826.
Grekes … the king Removed that had first governyng
c1420 Wynt. ii 1042.
Quhen Ebes [= Hebe] Removyd to that offys wes
Ib. v 5044.
Quhen he wes fra hys state Removyd [etc.]
1446 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 245.
Gif thai wald impugne or remove ony of the said assysse for suspicion
1557 Edinb. B. Rec. III 5.
The act maid … discharging and removing … Thomas Makcalyeane fra the office of assissorie
c1575 Balfour Pract. 43.
The lordis of counsall may remove … ballie or officiar within burgh and charge the remanent magistratis … to cheis ane uther in his place
(b) 1444–5 Peebles Chart. 11.
The vicar … sal remufe hym and fee ane other chapellane that can sufficiandly syng

e. To remove (a person) (of bonds), to set free or release. 14.. Burgh Laws c. 47 (A).
The burges of the toune sal ȝem him … in bandis xv dais & efterwartis his nychtburis sal lede him to the kingis balȝes & thar he salbe remuffyt of thaim

f. Of considerations, etc.: To cause (a person) to change his mind, attitudes or way of life. 1460 Hay Alex. MS 16379.
And all the statis that he mycht of here Removit him nocht na gart him change his chere

g. To exclude fra (a payment). 1508 Aberd. B. Rec. in Mill Mediæv. Plays 137.
[He] salbe secludit removit & vtirlie expellit fra ale takis pensionis proffitis quhatsumeuer

h. To remove from life; to cause to die. 1686 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 22 April.
This my later will and testament I ordaine to stand whensoewer it pleases the Lord to remowe me
1687 Shields Hind Let Loose (1687) 200.
The first author and authorizer of all these mischiefs, Charles II, was removed by death

2. reflex. To depart (fra, of, furth of a place); to go away (from one place) till another.Also with complex object, including the party's family, ‘gudis and geir,’ etc.(a) c1420 Wynt. iii 769.
He … hym removide than in hy, And passyd agayne hame
Ib. viii 2072.
Till hys innys … In gret hy he hym remowyd
Ib. vi 1188. 1535–6 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 73.
That all vagabunds … remoue and devoyde thame furth of this towne
1568 Q. Mary in Cal. Sc. P. II 451.
& yet will you that I shuld put my self further into your contrey … and remoove me further from myne
1569 Canongate Ct. Bk. 4.
To have flittit and removit thame selfis … fra the saidis aikeris of land
c1575 Balfour Pract. 458.
Ane tenent beand warnit to remove, gif he willinglie removis himself [etc.]
1591 Douglas Chart. 299.
[To] remove him selff furth of the bruche of Dundie
c1600 Sc. Hist. Rev. XIX 267.
1615 Red Bk. Grandtully I xxvi.
To flitt and remoue himself, his wyfe, … guids and geir, furth and fra the said place of Murthlie
(b) 1531 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 47.
Lauchfully warnit befoyr the faist of Vitsunday last by past to remwf him self corn cattell and famell of the landis of vuer Blakot
1539 Aberd. B. Rec. I 165.
That the balȝes … se all maner of … puyr boddeis quhilkis ar nocht natiue of this towne borne, … and command … that thai incontinent remoif tham selfis
1555 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 758.
To remoif him self furtht of this realme
1556 Digest Justiciary Proc. B 133.
The said James … to remwife devoid and red him self his seruandis and gudis furtht of the samyn
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1141. 1575 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 39.
That thay incontinent remufe thame selffis of this toun
1597 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 34.
He wes at sermoun in our kirk … and remufit him self at the prayer

b. To depart from (fra), or renounce, an error. 1562-3 Winȝet I 95/9.
The peple … wes nocht commandit be God … or be ony violence to remuif thame fra their errour

3. tr. With a material thing as object: To take away from the place occupied; to transfer from one place to another; to shift the position or situation of. Also fig.(a) a1400 Leg. S. v 309.
[They] gert remow all Ovt of the tempil
1416 Liber Melros 539.
Has remowit thair plwis fra the said land
1456 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 15.
To remove the said stane and tak it away
1538 (c1580) Ib. II 89.
That the meill merkat be removit … and vtheris victuallis alykewayes
1551 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 21.
And als hes removit the other merchis
1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II 195.
All the saidis choppis to be removit at Mertymes nixttocum
1560 Rolland Seven S. 429.
Gif he persauis … That his bed is remouit ony thing [etc.]
1574 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 40.
To … pyneris to sett vp & remouith [sic in pr.] the ledderis
1592 Burntisland B. Ct. 27 Sept.
Johine Orrok … anent the remowinge and outsettinge off the … dykis off his said ȝaird laitlie remowit and sett out be him
1597 (c1650) Dundee B. Laws 50.
That all spouts and jawer stones placit in tenements … be incontinent removit
(b) 14.. Acts I 44/2.
Bot gif a merk be remuffit the balȝe aw to do rycht to the plenȝeour
a1500 Henr. Garmont 16.
Hir kirtill suld be … Lasit with lesum lufe, The mailȝeis of continwance For nevir to remvfe
1488–9 Reg. Paisley 407.
And the ald dike tobe remufit and set as the new marchez proportis
a1500 Seven S. 2185.
And to pref gif thire wordis be worth Remuf ȝour bed
c1515 Asl. MS I 217/8.
The said Schir Robert … gart him remuf his geir
1520 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 196.
And … thairefter till remoif all the stane werk of the samyn
1522 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 66.
That ye caus ramouff the middinis fra the mercatgait
fig. c1490 Porteous Noblenes 171/16 (Asl.).
To remove and draw out the wikit rutis of wrang
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8819.
Fra hir ȝour hart na way ȝe can remufe
a1568 Bann. MS 224a/14.
My hairt fra hir ȝit sall I nevir remofe [: rufe]
c1600 Montg. Suppl. x 26.
My luif, remow this ruif of cair, My deir, apeir, that feir my fle

b. To remove (one's) residence, to remove or flit to another dwelling. 1495 Acta Conc. I 418/2.
That the said Johne Ramsay sall remove his residence duelling & common repare out of the parochionis of Strameglo & Kilgour

4. tr. or ? quasi-tr., with omission of governing preposition from the complement. a. To quit, depart from (a place). b. Remove (one's) gait, to depart on one's way. But perh. a cognate object after a verb of motion. c. To remove (someone) this lyff, to kill or murder.a. 1495 Acta Conc. I 418/2.
Failȝeing that the said Johne removis nocht the said parochionis [etc.]
1640 Aberd. Council Lett. II 221.
The maist pairt … will … remove the toune
1672 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS 17 Sept.
That he sould not depairt or remove this burghe
(b) 1464 Soc. Ant. XVII 315.
1442 Stirlings of Keir 216 (see Devoid(e v. 4 b). I chargit Alane of Leremonth … to remufe and devoyd the grund
1474 Prestwick B. Rec. 24.
That thai be banisit the toun and remuf the boundis of it withtin xxiiij houris
b. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 827.
And … Remouit furth on gudlie wise thair gait Toward the court
c. 1656 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 160.
The skipper … being removit this lyff in ane suspicious way

5. With a non-material thing as object: To take away, do away with, banish.Also, to remufe away.(1) a1450 Fifteen Ois 172.
All desire of wardly lufe … remove
1456 Hay I 150/27.
Sum men … ar full of vicis … the quhilkis war spedefull for all partis that thai war removit
1457 Wemyss Chart. 81.
Al fraude and gyle … remouit
a1500 Colk. Sow Prol. 59.
Pairticular malice & all such thing removit
1513 Doug. i viii 120.
Remove all dreid, Troianys, beis nocht agast
1533 Boece 593.
Be discomfitoure of Inglis he removit the … dishonoure contractit afore
a1561 Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. (ed.) 124/6.
Thow man remowe all sik fleschlye jugements to think that [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I 22/25.
I remowe all rancour of mynd seikand … ȝour peace and kyndnes
1581 Acts III 231/1.
Considering that the debetable causis … ar not ȝit removit
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 215 (Wr.).
Under cure I got such check Which I might not remove [W. remuif] nor neck
1591 Montg. Suppl. 309.
That all questioun and pley may be removit and takin away
1600-1610 Melvill 421.
Seing now the auband of that ministerie removit [etc.]
1638 Nat. Covenant in Facs. Nat. MSS III xcvii.
The Five Articles of Perth … beeing declared to be abiured and removed [etc.]
1650 Boharm Kirk S. 13 Oct.
Till ignorants be informed and scandells removed
(b) 1567 G. Ball. 74.
Lord … Remufe fra me all frawardnes
a1568 Bann. MS 229b/4.
War scho gane Than war nane My name to remufe
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. 48/3.
Remufe rancour
(2) 1513 Doug. v xi 3.
In this tyme gan forton fyrst remove Fra thame agane hir fykkill faith and lufe
1533 Boece 45b.
Removing fra ȝow al iniust haterent
1580 Edinb. Test. VII 341.
To call to God for mercie to remove the plaig fra him that oft fallis vpoun disobedient childrene
1638 Baillie I 156.
I thought that office necessarlie to be removed out of our Church for ever
1652 Honours Scotl. 121.
Lou and faithfulness is remouit out of this land
(b) a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. 324/27.
We … pray To God … to remufe this plaig away And this mischeuous tyme
1570 Sat. P. xi 111.
Remuif all sluggische slewth away
(3) 1533 Boece 442b.
In the glomyn quhen myrknes removit the sicht

6. Of an emotion: To affect (a person's feelings). Cf. Move v. 11. 1460 Hay Alex. (S.T.S.) 3906.
For ioy and sorrow baith his hart removit

7. intr. To leave or quit (from, fra, furth of, out of, of) a place; to depart; to go (away) (to another person or place). Also fig.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii 1609.
Thvsgait on baith the halfis remouit The oistis
c1420 Wynt. viii 4980.
He remowid but mare duellyng
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 14.
Thus the royale can remove, with his Round Tabill
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1857 (Bann.).
Remowe I ride ȝow or ellis ȝe wilbe slaine
1535 Stewart 17559.
His greit armie with blast of bugillis horne Removit hes
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5537.
Quho bene apone his hous aboue Sall haif na laser to remoue
1567 Acts III 25/2.
Baith he, and scho, salbe … presentit to the mercat place … and thair stand fesnit, that thay may not remoue
a1568 Scott xxiii 47.
Se thow with hir remane And nevir moir remuve [Bann. remvue]
1641 Baillie I 371.
He … was so choaked with tears that he became silent, and removed
1660 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 191.
He … haid removit and left his charge vacand
(b) a1400 Leg. S. xviii 1090.
Thu sal na mycht haf to remofe
1410–11 Reg. Episc. Brechin. I 31.
We bad the parteis ramwif and fynd borrowis til entire and heir the determinacioun of the court
1460 Hay Alex. (S.T.S.) 2978.
The oist … befoir war purposit to remufe
c1475 Wall. i 68.
The king was wrath, and maid hym to ramuff
1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II 9.
Jonet Broune for hir demeretis … to remouf incontinent
1584–5 Colville Lett. 80.
[These noblemen] will remoif indelaitly and incontinent
1593 St. A. Kirk S. 767.
To be presentit to the merkat croce … and thair to stand festnit that thai may nocht remoif for … tua houris
(c) 1648 Ayrsh. Coll. 2 Ser. XI (1976) 23.
The General Major commandit some to encounter them, who … maid all remuve
(2) 1629 Rutherford Lett. (1862) I 47.
To remove from one corner of our Lord's nether house to another
(b) 1576 Sc. N. & Q. XII 42.
That when the queenes maiestie dooth remooue from anie one place to another there are vsuallie 400 carewares
1594 Charteris Wall. Pref. 170.
Thus was he constraynit to remufe from the Gaskhall. Quhen he had ane lytill remuifit he luikis behinde him
(c) 1531–2 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 48.
(d) 1548 Misc. Bann. C. III 409.
I wes desirit be my Lord Gray to remowff frome Bervik to Anwik
(3) c1420 Wynt. iv 1872 (C).
Or thai wald fra the se ramoyff
1533 Boece 609.
The skipper … heissit the saill and fra land removit
(b) 1562 Dumfries B. Ct. fol. 142.
Hew Cunnyngham to ramviff fra his buytht
(4) 1501–2 Acta Conc. III 149.
That thai remove nocht furth of this toune quhil thai find souirte … that [etc.]
1653 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III 60.
That he sould remove furth of the Shirredome off Aberdein … and nevir be sein againe any mor heirin
1655 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII 383.
Quhill they [sc. fleshers] inact themselffis to remove furth of this brugh with their slaughter
(b) ?1438 Alex. i 1771.
Thay gart thame remufe furth of that plais
1519 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 204.
Than the balleis causit the said Elazabet … ramuf furtht of the court
(c) 1562 Prot. Bk. J. Drummond 6.
Warnit to flit and remoif furth of the … hous now occupiit be him
1563–4 Perth B. Ct. 21 (2 Feb.).
Johnne Dauidsoun to remoiff furth of the chalmer occupiit vmquhile be his gude dame
(d) 1529 Red Bk. Grandtully I 70.
I causit the said personis of inquest to remwif furtht of court, to avise apone the evidentis
(5) c1420 Wynt. iv 755.
I gyve yowe for counsaille, That yhe remowe [C. ramuffe] owt off the fycht
1450 Aberd. B. Rec. (S.H.S.) cxxxiii n. 4.
The said Thomas askit to be avysit til ansuer to the said borgh & ramovit out of the court & quhen he come agayn [etc.]
(b) 1429 Acts II 18/1.
Quha sa wil fals a dome [the falser] sal nocht remufe oute of the place that he standis [etc.]
1535 Aberd. B. Rec. MS XV (Jam.).
To remoif … out of the said inland
(c) 1531 Wigtown B. Ct. fol. 259a.
Schargyt hyr to ramvif ovit of the said thovne vithin vi hovrys
(6) 1603 Inverness Rec. II 19.
That Thomas McAlley sall remoif of this brucht the day and date foirsaid
(7) 1498 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 75.
And at the childer dwelland to landwart remoue to thair friends incontinent
c1508 Ch. & M. Prints vi b 8.
The angel to the virgyne is removit
1681 Edinb. B. Rec. XI 31.
The fleshers in the land mercat … to remove to the new flesh mercat
(8) 1561 Dumfries B. Ct. fol. 15a.
That all vnfre folks … nocht havand … ony hous to ramvif awaye & nocht to be tholit to remane in this burcht
fig. (1) c1600 Montg. Suppl. iii 22.
My constant hairt sall nocht remove Albeit ȝe haue fra me absent be
(2) a1568 Scott xii 37.
Gif I remufe Fra ȝour behufe … Foirsaik me
a1585 Maitl. Q. 113/19.
My constant hairt sall neuer remuif From ȝour obedience

b. Of a tenant: To quit a dwelling-place or holding. Also const. fra (from) out of, af (of), and absol.(1) 1533 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 93.
He hed lauchfully warnit the said Nicoll to remwf fray the saidis kyrk landis
1555 Acts II 494/1.
The warning of all tennentis and vthers to flit and remoue fra landis mylnis fischingis and possessiouns quhatsumeuer
1563 Dumfries B. Ct. in Prot. Bk. M. Carruthers 7.
[He] ordanit the said Margarete to ramof thairfra within xxiiii hours … with intimation to the said Margaret geif she ramuiffis not she salbe decernit to pay [etc.]
c1575 Balfour Pract. 456.
Warning beand lauchfullie maid to ony persoun to flit and remove fra ony landis gif he disobeyis and removis not he as violent possessour may be callit … be the maker of the warning
1649 Cramond Ch. Alves 12.
Mr. George Hannay is desyred to remove from the manse
1691 Case of the Afflicted Clergy in Scotland 55.
I was … appointed to remove from my manse at Mertimus
(2) 1549 Prot. Bk. J. Crawford 27b.
He warnit Robert Merschell to ramvf & flyt out of his maleyng
1560 Inverness Rec. I 44.
To flitt and remoff out of the biggynis of the said Angnes
(3) 1578–9 Reg. Privy C. III 111.
The saidis personis hes mannassit his wyfe and servand utterlie to leve and remove af the ground of the saidis landis
1692 Conv. Burghs IV 663.
The heavie burdenes … made sixteen families … remove of the place … being brock
(4) a1633 Hope Major Pract. I 324.
Ane minor may wairne his tennents to remove without consent of his tutor
Ib. 13.
Mr. … Hannay … is ordanit to remoow totallie othervyse the process to goe on
1683 Coll. Aberd. & B. 100.
They … remove at Hallowday, or the first of November, at farthest
(b) 1388 Douglas Chart. 33.
Qwhen that hir likys to remofe, so sal haf fre issov and leif to pas at hir wil
1507 Edinb. B. Ct. Bk. 3.
Allegiand that he had warnit him that he wald remoif & be na langer his tennent
1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 199.
The saidis Frow & Robert … aucht noucht to remufe quhil … Witsonday that nixt cumis
1530 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 39.
That the lard of that land quhar thai duell sall fynd souerte to the ballies that thai sall remoif at the next terme

c. ? To quit or resign an office. But perh. merely another instance of 7 above. 1661 Nicoll Diary 333.
The erle … dischargit the Moderator, and commandit him to remove; quhilk he was forcit to do

d. Of a non-material, also a material, thing: To vanish, cease to be. c1409-1436 Kingis Q. § 188.
The goddis mercifull virking … has my hert for euir sett abufe In perfyte joy, that neuir may remufe
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 514.
The morow myld wes … And all remuffit the myst
a1568 Scott xxxvi 87.
Ane thre, and thre in ane, to proif Thy Godheid nevir may remoif

e. To shift one's position. Also fig., To move or withdraw from (one's) decision.Also applied to the ‘move’ of a chessman. a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 21.
The northin wind … causit me remufe aganis my will
a1500 Rauf C. 861.
The lenth of ane rude braid he gart him remufe
1528 Douglas Corr. 136.
The kyngis grace … ramuffit bakwarts be al his mane and deligens
1594 Charteris Wall. Pref. 170 (see 7 (2) (b) above.
a1500 Bk. Chess 2076.
Quhen to the king chek … is maid … He mon remofe and gif he may nocht so The feild is tynt
fig. 1553 Prot. Bk. Sir Wm. Corbet 20.
[He] said … he wald haiff the thyng at was contenit in the act of his compromyt and fra that he wald nocht remove

8. Of a person or animal: To make a movement; to stir, budge. ?1438 Alex. i 2704.
Gaudifere sat as man of mane That … remouit nocht for the dynt
Ib. 11 8379.
And thare hors remouit na thing
c1475 Wall. x 287.
The felloun thrang, quhen hors and men remowyt, Wp drayff the dust

9. To change into (in something). Cf. late ME in this sense (once, c1430). c1460 Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 191.
Al thingis … that God has maid, ar gud and perpetuall in thare kinde and nature, suppos thai be ay remowand in singularite

10. To remufe fra (an immaterial thing), to give up, abandon, renounce. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1945.
Pray we … For four thingis: the first, fra sin remufe
1567 G. Ball. 59.
How suld I lufe, and fra his treuth remufe

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