Aby definitions

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To pay the penalty for.
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(archaic) To pay the penalty for; atone for. [from 12th c.]
  • Lest to thy peril thou aby it dear. - Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, III,ii..
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(archaic) To pay as penalty, to suffer. [from 12th c.]
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Origin of aby

From Middle English abyen, abye, abien, abiggen, from Old English ābyćġan (“to buy, pay for, buy off, requite, recompense, redeem, perform, execute”), from ā- + bycgan (“to buy”), equivalent to a- +‎ buy. Cognate with Gothic (usbugjan). [script?]