CÉPAN
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Weak
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CÉPAN
to cépanne; p. cépte, pl. cépton; pp. céped, cépt; v. a. gen. acc. To observe, keep, regard, await, desire, take, betake oneself to, meditate, bear; observare, tenere, manere, appetere, captare, se conferre, meditari, portare Menn mágon cépan be his bleó hwylc weder toweard byþ men may observe by his hue what weather is coming, Bd. de nat. rerum; Wrt. popl. science 15, 9; Lchdm. iii. 268, 5. Híg mínne hó oððe hóhfót cépaþ oððe begémaþ ipsi calcaneum meum observabunt, Ps. Lamb. 55, 7: Homl. Th. ii. 324, 16: Ælfc. T. 28, 3. Ðe willaþ ðysre deópnysse cépan who will keep this precept, Homl. Th. ii. 94, 7. Ðæt folc his cépte the people regarded him, Homl. Th. ii. 506, 7. Hí brycge ne cépton they regarded not the bridge, Chr. 1013; Erl. 148, 11. Ða sceoldon cépan Godwines eorles they were to lay in wait for earl Godwine, 1052; Erl. 183, 34. Ða munecas ðæs ándagan cépton the monks awaited the day appointed, Homl. Th. ii. 172, 13. He dysigra manna hérunga cépþ he desires the praises of foolish men, i. 412, 7. Ðæt hí cépaþ ðæs ydelan hlýsan that they desire vain renown, ii. 566, 2. Swá hwilcne swá ic cysse, cépaþ his sóna whomsoever I kiss, take him forthwith, ii. 246, 11. He nolde him nánes fleámes cépan he did not wish to betake himself to flight, Ælfc. T. 36, 18. Ðonne him cælþ, he cépþ him hlywþe when he is cold, he betakes himself to shelter, Hexam. 20; Norm. 28, 22. Ic gylpes cépte I have persevered in boasting; jactantiæ insistebam, Mod. confitendi 1. Nele he him hearmes cépan he will not meditate harm against him, Homl. Th. ii. 522, 20. He me hearmes cépþ he meditates harm against me, i. 56, 3. Ðe cépton heora deáþes who meditated their death, L. Ælf. C. 2; Th. ii. 342, 20. Ðæt ðú cépe [MS. kepe] him hearmes that thou meditate harm against him, Basil admn. 5; Norm. 46, 4. Ne cép [MS. kep] ðú ðínum néxtan fácnes devise not deceit against thy neighbour, 5; Norm. 46, 10. Geþyldelíce synd to cépanne patienter portandi sunt, R. Ben. interl. 36. [Chauc. R. Glouc. Laym. kepe: Kil. kepen.]
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