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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To buy off; ransom; redeem (from sin, hell, etc.).
  • v. To stone for; gain over; bribe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To buy off; ransom; redeem.

Etymologies

From Middle English *forbyen, forbiggen, forbuggen, equivalent to for- +‎ buy. (Wiktionary)

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