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Lof(e, Loif(f, v. Also: loff-, loife, loyf(f; and Luf(e, Louf. [ME. lofenn (Orm); variant of Love v.]

tr. To praise, extol, glorify, honour. = Love v. 1.Also, to commend (a medical specific).See Lak v. 3 for further examples.(1) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 469.
I sall ger men thé crucify One the croice thu lofis sa
Ib. xx. 184.
Quhene he schaw he wald nocht Lof his godis
Ib. xxxvi. 475, 6.
Na man may Lofinge inuch of Sancte Johnne say, Quham Criste hyme-self lofit had, & to be lofit sa worthy made
Ib. l. 167.
Catone … Forbad his sowne … To law hyme-self or lof gretly
Ib. ii. 393, v. 352, xiii2. 145, etc. ?1438 Alex. ii. 6972.
Thay suld be Menskit and lofit wele the mare
c1420 Wynt. vii. 234.
1424 Cambuskenneth Let. to Jas. I (Reg. H.).
Of the quhilk we ar richt heli … reiosit lofand God and continuali praiand tharfor
1456 Hay II. 82/13. Ib. 100/20.
Than sall his subjectis ufe him and lofe him, honoure him [etc.]
c1460 Consail Vys Man 405.
Gar thi gud deid lof thi persone
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1145.
Ledis lofit thair lord, lufly of lyere
1490 Irland Mir. I. 89/20. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 506.
Lowd thai lewch all the laif and loffit [M. lovit] hir mekle
1551 Hamilton Cat. 65.
I will lofe and call on the Lord
c1450-2 Howlat 755 (B).
All thus our ladye thaj lofe
(b) (c 1580) Alex. i. 567.
For pure men sa vnwourthy is Vneis that ony will thame pryse Or loif
Ib. ii. 2455.
For thy of thame I loif me mare
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 127 (Asl.). 1490 Irland Mir. fol. 180. c1500 Fyve Bestes 268.
Now God I loif this day has send ws this
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 421.
Virgill dyd diligens … Eneas for to loif and magnyfy
Ib. xiii. viii. 17.
Extoll and loif thai can The gret apperans of gud in sik a man
1531 Bell. Boece II. 471.
Mony noblis of Ingland wer present … ; nocht ceissing … to loif maist thameself
Ib. 481. Ib. (M) 141. Id. Livy I. 141/3.
Valerius … began to loif the grete felicite of Brutus his colleig
Ib. II. 34/3. 1533 Boece vi. xii. 210 b. ?a1500 Remembr. Passion 294.
O Lord Jesu, … Grant me in word and deid to loife thé
1551 Hamilton Cat. 13.
That the special faith suld be loiffit and … luffit for mony excellent operations … in christin men and wemen
1570 Sat. P. x. 247.
All burghs and commounis, halelie did thai loif him, Bot sindrie said, that thay wald haif nane of him
a1585 Montg. Maitl. Q. lxiv. i. Id. Devot. P. iv. 46.
Luiffaris leif of to loif so hie Ȝour ladyes
c1580-90 Rules of Health (Moray Mun.).
Quhairfore I prayse and loifis greitlie the use of cassia
(2) ?1438 Alex. ii. 7630.
Ȝit am I lofe God haill and feir
c1420 Wynt. v. 3889 (C).
Bot lof God … This is bot hailsum medicyne For the wodnes of my syn
(3) absol. a1500 Henr. Fab. 596.
Flatteraris … To loif and le that settis thair haill delite
a1500 Bernardus 51.
Gef ane loffys, ane othir discomendys

b. To lofe (gerundial infin. used as adj. phrase), = to praise, honour, etc.; praiseworthy, admirable.See Lak v. 3 d for further examples. ?1438 Alex. i. 1070.
A! gentill duke of pris, Abone all knichtis to loif [F. a proisier] thow is

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