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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lief  \Lief\  (l[=e]f),  a.  [Written  also  {lieve}.]  [OE.  leef,  lef, 
  leof,  AS  le['o]f;  akin  to  OS  liof,  OFries  liaf,  D.  lief, 
  G.  lieb,  OHG.  liob,  Icel.  lj[=u]fr,  Sw  ljuf  Goth.  liubs 
  and  E.  love.  [root]124.  See  {Love},  and  cf  {Believe}, 
  {Leave},  n.,  {Furlough},  {Libidinous}.] 
  1.  Dear;  beloved.  [Obs.,  except  in  poetry.]  ``My  liefe 
  mother.''  --Chaucer.  ``My  liefest  liege.''  --Shak. 
 
  As  thou  art  lief  and  dear.  --Tennyson. 
 
  2. 
 
  Note:  (Used  with  a  form  of  the  verb  to  be  and  the  dative  of 
  the  personal  pronoun.)  Pleasing;  agreeable;  acceptable; 
  preferable.  [Obs.]  See  {Lief},  adv.,  and  Had  as  lief, 
  under  {Had}. 
 
  Full  lief  me  were  this  counsel  for  to  hide. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  Death  me  liefer  were  than  such  despite. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  Willing;  disposed.  [Obs.] 
 
  I  am  not  lief  to  gab.  --Chaucer. 
 
  He  up  arose,  however  lief  or  loth.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lieve  \Lieve\  (l[=e]v),  a. 
  Same  as  {Lief}. 




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