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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

RAAD, v., n.1 Also rad; raag (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.) is appar. a misprint. [rɑ:d]

I. v. To regulate, to arrange in an orderly fashion, to tidy, to set to rights (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1967).Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
To rad op de hus, to put the house in order.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
My bairn, du wid need some sensible body to raad dee wi this wark.

II. n. Orderliness, tidiness, regulation (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1967), prudence, economy (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., raag).Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
To ha'e guid or ill rad wi onyting.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Shu hes ne raad wi her wark.
Sh. 1933 J. Nicolson Hentilagets 28:
Raad he cood see nonn wi her, Da hoose wis sic a trussit sicht.

[Norw. rada, to place in rows, arrange, Icel. raða, id., O.N. rǫð, a rank, a row.]

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