Word Origin & History

O.E. belæfan, "to cause or allow to remain behind, to leave something behind," a general Gmc. compound (cf. Goth. bilaibjan) from be- + O.E. læfan "to leave" (see leave (v.)). In M.E. sometimes contracted to bleve. For further development, see belive.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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