from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. atone for, make amends for.
- v. To pay for; to suffer for; to atone for; to make amends for; to give satisfaction.
- v. To endure; to abide.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give or pay an equivalent for; pay the penalty of; atone for; suffer for. Also spelled abye and abuy.
- To hold out; endure.
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- v. make amends for
From Middle English abyen, abye, abien, abiggen, from Old English ābyćġan ("to buy, pay for, buy off, requite, recompense, redeem, perform, execute"), from ā- + bycgan ("to buy"), equivalent to a- + buy. Cognate with Gothic 𐌿𐍃𐌱𐌿𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (usbugjan). (Wiktionary)