from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To leave behind, abandon.
  • v. To be left; to remain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To leave or to be left.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To leave behind; abandon; let go.
  • To remain; continue; stay.


From Middle English beleven, from Old English belǣfan ("to leave, let remain"), corresponding to be- +‎ leave. Merged with Middle English bliven, beliven ("to remain, stay"), from Old English belīfan ("to remain"). More at belive. (Wiktionary)


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