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Gefe, Geif, Geyf, v. Also: geife, geiff, geyff. P.t. gafe, gif, gaiff, gayf(f, geif. P.p. gefin(e, -yn(e, geifin, geiffin, geyffine, geyfyng. [Var. of Geve v. with normal Sc. use of f for v. The inf. geiffyn and p.p. geif, geyf used by Douglas are by analogy from southern Eng.] tr. and intr. To give, in various senses.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxiii. 394.
Thocht na fath to me ȝe gefe, Ma fal to thame ȝe wil be-lif
Ib. xxxiv. 50.
Quha-sa wald mast hir gefe Of erand suld ereste eschewe
1515 Reg. Privy S. I. 407/1.
Gefand to thame xl merkis worth of land
1519 Fife Sheriff Ct. 147.
Alisoune … sal mak & gefe to the said Dauid … ane sufficient lettir of bailȝery
1540 Acts Jas. V (1566) c. 78.
Gif ony maner of persoun gefis arlis … on ony maner of fische
(b) 14.. Acts I. 24/2.
It is lachfull … till ilke burges to geyff or sell his lande
Ib. 28/2.
He sall geyf viii s.
1457 Peebles B. Rec. 118.
The sayd Jonet sal geyf hym … xl s.
c1475 Wall. i. 447.
Syluir and gold he gert on to him geyff
1508 Reg. Privy C. I. 258/2.
This exemptioun to endure … quhil he geyf uther command in the contrare
1565 St. A. Kirk S. 235.
The Superintendent requirit the sayd Joanna to geyf hyr ayth of calumpne
(c) 1478 Acta Aud. 66/2.
That I geif for dome
1482 Ib. 101/2.
Thomas sal restore and geif again … the sade sovme
1500 Buccleuch Mun. II. 102.
Geifand a penny … in name of blanch ferm
1506 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 693.
We … sall geiff him or thaim our leill & trew consall
1513 Doug. v. vi. 39.
I sal ȝou geiffyn ilk man as efferis
Ib. ix. ii. 46.
As he to geif batale all redy war
1531 Bell. Boece I. 96.
Few of thaim wald geif place to othir
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 7.
Of the quhilk reparation the principal sal geif coumpt yeirly
1573 Sat. P. xlii. 833.
To mak princes iniunctionnis geif
(b) a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 137.
He thame gafe Playne powar our the laffe
1456 Hay II. 93/28.
Thare he gafe grete giftis … to thame
1467 Acta Aud. 8/1.
Andro renunsit and gafe oure al tak of the said landis
1488 Treas. Acc. I. 93.
To a man … that gafe the King a hors
(b) c1475 Wall. i. 77.
Ane abbot past, and gaif our this legiance
Ib. v. 904.
His hors gaiff our, and mycht no forther ga
a1500 Bk. Chess 905.
Throw his tressoun the king gaif his essent
1513 Doug. x. xi. 106.
This ilk schaddo … gaif the bak and fled
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 249.
The quhilk gaif sapience to king Salomone
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 306.
The meill gaif xii shillingis the peck
1614 Lett. Eccl. Affairs I. 320.
I … gaif him … better counsellis
(c) 1556 Stirling B. Rec. I. 67.
The said Jonat … geif hir greit aitht
(c) a1400 Leg. S. xv. 76.
To preche goddis word as is gefyne vs
Ib. xxxviii. 11.
Al thar gudis suld be … gefine as eschete
1440 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. .
The forsaid Johne has gefin heritable possession
1460 Ayr Charters 35.
Gefyn wnder our signet at Pertht
1478 Lennox Mun. 116.
The sayd lordis hafe gefyn bodyly fayth
1562-3 Winȝet I. 28/30.
By the solemniteis … gefin tham afore in the Scriptur
(b) 14.. Acts I. 90/2.
All forfautis excedand viij s. … salbe geyffin to this gylde
1456 Peebles B. Rec. 118.
A sartan som … qwylk he had geyfyng hym … to kyp
1513 Doug. v. v. 74.
To hym a servand woman … Was geyf
Ib. vi. 105.(c) 1506 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 161.
The quhilkis twa merkis of land … I haue geifin our and resignit
1513 Doug. iv. iii. 28.
[To] suffir … al Lyby land Be geif in dowry to thi son
1567–8 Bk. Old Edinb. C. VI. 83.
Geiffin for conwoyinge of the pressoneris to Blaknes, xlix l.

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