Definitions

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  • v. Simple past tense of belive
  • v. To please.
  • v. To be pleased with; like.
  • v. To love.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To love.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To please.
  • To be pleased with; like.
  • To love.

Etymologies

From Middle English belove, from Old English belāf, first and third person singular past indicative of belīfan ("to remain"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English beloven, biluven ("to love greatly", also "to please"), equivalent to be- +‎ love. Compare Dutch believen ("to please, gratify"), German belieben ("to like, wish, please"). More at love. (Wiktionary)

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