ǽfre
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ǽfre
Add:I. ever; semper, 1. of eternity Wæs ǽfre on his écum rǽde ðæt hé wolde gewyrcan ðás woruld, Hex. 22, 7. Nǽnig ys sé ðe ǽfre lybbe, Scint. 215, 2. 2. of continuity or continuous recurrence in time, at all times, on every occasion Ǽfri is deinceps, An. Ox. 56, 103. Wearð ǽfre fleám ástiht, and ǽfre hí æt ende sige áhton, Chr. 998; P. 131, 15. Full neáh ǽfre þe óðer man very nearly every other man, 1086; P. 217, 29. Gif wé ǽfre wiðsacað deófle, Hml. Th. i. 170, 16. Ǽfre swá hí neár and neár eódon, Hml. S. 23, 424. II. ever, at any time, in any case; unquam Ne wearð wæl máre ǽfer (ǽfre, v. l. ) gieta, Chr. 937; P. 109, 24. Ne him líg sceðeð ǽfre tó ealdre, Ph. 40. Gé wyllað sweltan ǽr ðan ðe gé ǽfre his geleáfan wiðsacon, Hml. Th. ii. 308, 9. Búton heó hit ǽfre gebéte, Hml. S. 17, 156: An. 1014. III. giving emphasis as in whatever, (as) ever, &c. Swá rihtlíce geséman swá him ǽfre rihtlícost þúhte, C. D. iii. 292, 32. Eall ðæt ǽfre betst wæs, Chr. 1048; P. 174, 23. Hwæt ðis ǽfre beón scyle? Hml. S. 23, 532. Hú hé ǽfre embe hý sceolde, 311. Ǽfre ðeáh (any how ) for his hálgena earnunge, hé him ðis geþanc on móde ásende, 313. Ǽfre ǽlc dǽl his cynnes, 348. Ǽfre ǽlcne Deniscne cyning útlagede hí gecwǽdon, Chr. 1014; P. 145, 11. Ymbe ǽfre ǽlce neóde, Wlfst. 20, 19: Ll. Th. i. 372, 30. Gif ǽfre ǽnig (cf. ǽfr-ǽnig) man ciricgrið ábrece, 340, 6.
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