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*Hom(e, n. and adv. Also: hombe. [ME. and e.m.E., instead of Sc. Hame.] Home, in senses of Hame n.1 and adv.A. 1. c1475 Wall. vii. 8.
In Aperill the king off Ingland come In Cvmyrland of Pumfrat fro his home
B. 1. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 566.
Whill that home come thay
Ib. 1631, 2012, etc. a1500 Colk. Sow ii. 24, 47, iii. 90.

c. (To come) to the house of another person indicated in the context. d. (To take a person) into one's household, or (to come, enter, go) into a person's household, as a servant or employee; = into service. Also *Hame adv. B. 1 c. —c. 1658 Sc. Ant. IX. 51.
The Diwell. .cam hom to hir hous and laid with hir
d. 1661 Reliq. Antiq. Sc. 134.
Becaus he feed hir son and took him not home
1671 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 100 (16 June).
Decernit. .to go hom and enter to her service conformit to promisse and conditioun
1673 Ib. No. 177.
Quhilk service the said Jannat not only promist to fullfill. .bot also entred home and stayed ane fourt night and thereftir ran away; Heirfoir I humbly beg that the said Jannat may aither be ordanit to come home at Witsonday. .and fullfill hir service. . or els that ane order may be emitted furth for aprehending of hir persone ay and quhill shoe entir home therto. .[I] haveing all sumer and harvest worke adoe
1678 Ib. No. 261; 1679 Ib. Nos. 313, 317.2. a1605 Montg. Flyt. 265 (H).
The cuiff is weill waired that twa hombe brings

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