mótian
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Weak
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
mótian
p. ode. I. to address one's self, speak (to a person), converse (v. mótung) Man mót on eornost mótian wið his Drihten se ðe wyle ðæt wé sprecon mid weorcum wið hine the Lord, who will have us speak to him by our deeds, must be addressed in all seriousness, Ælfc. T. Grn. 15, 3. Ne hiwa ðú swilce ðú mid bilewitnysse mǽge ðé gán orsorh tó mǽdena húsum and wið hí mótian ðæt ðín mód ne beó yfele besmiten þurh ða ýdelan spellunga do not pretend, as if in innocency you can go secure to maidens' houses and converse with them, and your heart not be defiled through the idle conversations, Basil admn. 7; Norm. 48, 11. Gif se munuc wyle gán tó wífmanna húsum and wið hý mótian, and gif ðæm mǽdenum líkiaþ hyra luftýman sprǽce, 48, 15. [Cf. Stille beo þu, ne schaltu motin wið me na mare, Marh. 17, 26.] II. to address an assembly (cf. mótere) Heródes hæfde gemót ... Mid ðam ðe hé swíðost mótode, on his dómsetle sittende (cf. Acts 12, 21: Herod sat upon his throne, and made an oration ), Homl. Th. ii. 382, 30. III. to discuss, dispute, moot a question (cf. a moot point) Ðú scealt gelýfan on ðone lifigendan God, and ná ofer ðíne mǽðe mótian be him. Hexam. 3; Norm. 6, 17. [Cf. ge-mótod, and Prompt. Parv. mootyn discepto, placito; mótynge disceptacio.]
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