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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Delyt(e, Delit(e, v. Also: dellyte, delitt. [ME. delyte, delite, -liten (a 1225), OF. delitier.]

1. refl. To give (oneself) lively pleasure or enjoyment; to enjoy (oneself) greatly. a1400 Leg. S. i. 640.
Is thu nocht he That sa gretly delittis thé In wemen [etc.]
1456 Hay I. 78/27.
The tane delytis him in all pes, the tothir all in were
Ib. II. 97/7.
Gyf thou will delyte thé in syk plesaunces
c1460 Thewis Wysmen 343.
Wysmen delitis thaim euer in wyt
a1568 Scott xiii. 8.
Sum luvaris thame delytis till indyte Fair facound speich
1570 Maitl. F. xxix. 128.
I … me delyte in modest schamefastnes

2. intr. To take great pleasure, to enjoy greatly.(a) c1420 Wynt. i. 249.
Twbalkayin delytyt … to wyrk mettalle
1456 Hay I. 78/31.
The tane delytis to rys tymely, the tothir to slepe lang
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 456.
Quhar God delytis to mak his residens
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxvii. 12.
Thairfoir I pray ȝow … Not to delyt in daynteis seir
1560 Acts II. 534/2.
Sik as now delyte in vanitie, creueltie … or idolatrie
a1578 Pitsc. I. 163/3.
He … delytit mair in musik … nor he did in the goverment of his realme
1600 Rep. Menzies MSS. 11.
The disordourit and brokin men … quha delytis in … murthor
(b) c1460 Thewis Wysmen 22.
Quha conselys wysdome or wyt And nochit delitis to tech of it
a1500 Bernardus 77.
Qwhat man delitis … On glotony to waste
1533 Gau 29/16.
This is my deir sone in quhom I delit
1531 Bell. Boece I. 198.
Deliting in doctrine of letterit men
1587-99 Hume Introd. 6.
Greatumly to delite in poesie

3. tr. To give (one) pleasure; to please highly. 1513 Doug. iv. vi. 136.
Gif thé of Cartage the burgh … Delytis
1562-3 Winȝet II. 55/25.
Leir it … secreitlie, for it sal delyte ȝow

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