(archaic, intransitive) To be alive.
Origin of Belave
From Middle English bilaven (“to wash all over”), from bi-, be- + laven (“to wash, pour water on”), from Old English lafian, ġelafian (“to pour water on, refresh”), from Proto-Germanic *labōną (“to refresh, strengthen”), from Proto-Indo-European *lōbh- (“to strengthen oneself, rest”), equivalent to be- + lave. Cogante with Dutch laven (“to refresh”), German laben (“to refresh”). More at lave.
Anomalous alteration of beleve (“to remain, be alive”) and belive (“to remain, stay”), both from Middle English beliven (“to remain”), from Old English belīfan (“to remain”), from Proto-Germanic *bilībaną (“to remain”), from Proto-Indo-European *lip- (“to stick, glue”). Cognate with Dutch blijven (“to remain”), German bleiben (“to remain”). More at belive, leave.
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