From Middle English belove, from Old English belāf, first and third person singular past indicative of belīfan (“to remain”).
(third-person singular simple present beloves, present participle beloving, simple past and past participle beloved)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To please.
- (obsolete) To be pleased with; like.
- (obsolete) To love.
From Middle English beloven, biluven (“to love greatly", also "to please”), equivalent to be- + love. Compare Dutch believen (“to please, gratify”), German belieben (“to like, wish, please”). More at love.