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Lang, v.2 Also: lange. [North ME. lang, midl. and south. longe(n, aphetic f. OE. adj. ᵹelang (on), pertaining, belonging, chargeable (to), Lang a.2: cf. Belang.]

intr. To pertain (to). a. To relate (to), concern, have to do with. b. To be fitting (to), befit. c. Also, to belong (to), be the property or right of. Const. to (till) or dative without prep.(1) 1400 Maxwell Mem. I. 140.
[He] sal mak alienacioun … of na thyng at langis to the forsayd Schyr Jon
1402 Scone Indenture (Reg. H.).
[She] sal sustene al chargis that langys to the King
c1420 Wynt. vi. 2164.
[He] can nothyr do na say That langis to trowth, and to gud fay
Ib. vii. 2330.
The actyownys, That langyd off det to thai persownys
Ib. 3045.
All othire gudys … That langyd till hym or till hys men
Ib. 3373.
Hys kyrk … In all he gert be byggyt welle, That langyt till it ilke delle
1423 (1429–30) Reg. Great S. 30/2.
The feis of the custumys langand to the watter keping; Item, al the smal custumys langand til us in Annanderdale
1425 Ib. 11/1.
The said office wyth the stede that langis therto
1452 Ib. 131/1.
All strenthis, housis, castellis or touris pertenande or langande to me
1456 Hay II. 67/8.
Knychthede, with the vertues … langand to the said ordre
1477 Peebles B. Rec. 182.
The said chaplanry with … chalys, westment and other anormentis that langit tharto
1513 Doug. vi. ix. 153.
All danteys langand tyl a kingis fest
1514 Acta Conc. Public Aff. 20.
To excers and do ocht ellis that langis to the premissis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1594.
It langis nocht till our purpose, To schaw [etc.]
Ib. 1886, 3533, etc. Brus i. 162 (H).
[I sall als frely in all thing Hald it, as] langes to a [king]
(2) 1390 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 20.
Gyf yhe do in the contrarie … we ar litill haldyn to … trauaill for any thynge that langis yhowe
c1420 Wynt. vi. 1854.
The Kyng … fayrly trettyd hym and welle ln all that langyd hym ilke delle
1432 Ayr Burgh Ct. Bk. MS. 28th July.
Na man suld be seruit of qwarell qwil the commonis be fyrst serwit of all that langis thaim
1457 Peebles B. Rec. 121.
Thwa mark that langit Sant Jamys autar
1462 Ib. 147.
That na commoun langand the toun … be … set in perpetuale
c1475 Wall. v. 646.
Rycht hard it is … to … wyrk the obserwance Quhilk langis luff
a1500 Bk. Chess 643.
To schaipe and sew to spyn & weif perfyte All thing to vs that langit woll or lyn
1503 Reg. Cupar A. I. 259.
Al and syndry thingis that langis his craift in … wrychtcraift

d. To be an appurtenance or accessory of. 1456 Hay II. 48/26.
As the sadill, with the grathe that langis it, haldis him ferme
1457 Peebles B. Rec. I. 119.
A maskyn tub with the laf that langis it
a 1500 Coll. St. Salvator 160.
Ane crem stok … with ane closour … and the laif of the graithe langand thairto
1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 118.
Neuer … Mair than langis to the cart the fift quheill

e. To belong, as a member of a family, adherent or dependant; to adhere (to). c1420 Wynt. viii. 4063.
Heyly he fawowryd the part, That langydd Schyr Alysawndyr Mowbray
1424 Coldstream Chart. 42.
Quarfor I give bidding till all that lange me ayris executuris and assignes balȝe or serȝeand that thai mak [etc.]
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 800.
Is nane sa stalwart in stour … Of al that langis to the King
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 407.
His frendis as my fais I held at feid evir … For neuer I likit a leid that langit till his blude
1542 Tytler Hist. III. 8.
With all the gentilmen and servyngmen that langit unto us

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