. Substitute: To abye.
v. N. E. D. I
. to buy off, redeem
a person :-- Drihten ús mid his blóde ábohte of helle hæftnéde, Bl. H. 91, 12. II
, to pay for, atone for
wrong-doing :-- Gif frí man wið fríes mannes wíf geligeð, his wergelde ábicge, Ll. Th. i. 10, 7. [Mid here micele fals þ̵ hi ealle abohton, Chr. 1125; P. 255, 16. Þu me smite . . . ah sare þu it salt abuggen. Lay. 8158, Bute ȝif he abugge þe sunne þet he wrouhte, A. R. 306.] III
. to perform what was necessary for the discharge of
a legal obligation :-- Cliroc feówra sum hine clǽnsie, and áne his hand on wiófode; óðre ætstanden áð ábycgan, i. e. the principal, with one hand on the altar, made oath; the compurgators stood by and by their oaths redeemed him from the obligation under which, so long as his oath was unsupported, he lay
(cf. Ll. Th. i. 180, 17-19), Ll. Th. i. 40, 18. [If byrgan
) could be read for bycgan
, the function of the compurgators would be made more evident.] Cf. á-ceápian.