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Give, Gyve, conj. Also: giwe, gywe. [Var. of Geve, Gif conj.] If. Bot give, unless.(a) a1400 Leg. S. i. 431.
Gyve Symon god be
c1420 Wynt. iii. 429.
Gyve sevyn harys off his hewyde War schawyn off
Ib. v. 5262.
Gyve I swa be, … quhat is that for thé?
1457 Misc. Spald. C. V. 22.
Bot give thai haue a resonable excusation
1471 Ayr Fr. Preach. Chart. 54.
Give ever it sal happyn the said Matho to dysses
1505 Reg. Privy S. I. 259/1.
To tak up all malis … and give neid be to pinde and distrenȝe tharefor
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1401.
Giue thair occurris caus or querrell
1588 King Cat. 15 b.
Giue nothing be iugit mair sueit … thane this lyfe
1629 Bk. Carlaverock II. 114.
Give your Lordship doe, I shall chalange yow for wnkindnes
c 1640 Soc. Ant. XXV. 57.
Ane antiedaitit band, as give the same haid bene maid thrie monethis before
(b) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 148.
Gywe thu to hym will subiet be
Ib. 233.
Nero send twa knychtis to spere Gywe ȝet wes slane sanct Paule
c1420 Wynt. i. 47.
Gywe youre curtasy Forbere me in this juperty
Ib. vi. 46.
Gywe it ware wylfully foryhete
1428 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 271.
Gywe it happynis me to qwyt out the landis
1531 Reg. Soltre 104.
Giwe the said Johne may nocht gudlie pleneis the said ground
1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 118.
Gywe he hapnis to de I wald hawe his benefice
1580 Cath. Tr. 70/8.
Gywe thy awin iudgeament is nocht sufficient
1631 Strathbogie Presb. 2.
To [have] exceptit against it giwe he haid any just reasone

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