from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remain, stay.
- v. To abide, continue.
- adv. Quickly, forthwith.
- adv. Soon, presently, before long; by and by; anon
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Forthwith; speedily; quickly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. To remain.
- With speed; quickly; eagerly.
- Presently; ere long; by and by; anon: sometimes merely expletive.
From Middle English beliven, from Old English belīfan ("to remain"), from Proto-Germanic *bilībanan (“to remain”), from Proto-Indo-European *lip- (“to stick, glue”). Cognate with West Frisian bliuwe ("to stay"), Dutch blijven ("to remain"), German bleiben ("to remain"), Danish blive ("to be, remain"). More at leave. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English belive, bilife ("actively", literally, "by life"). More at by, life. (Wiktionary)