Date of publication: 2018-02-26 08:59
assume , presume , suppose
get at , grease the hand of ( or grease the palm of ) , oil the hand of ( or oil the palm of )
motivate , provoke , spur , stimulate
account , accredit , understand
Old English bycgan (past tense bohte ) "to buy, pay for, acquire redeem, ransom procure get done," from Proto-Germanic *bugjanan (cf. Old Saxon buggjan , Old Norse byggja , Gothic bugjan ), of unknown origin, not found outside Germanic.
The surviving spelling is southwest England dialect the word was generally pronounced in Old English and Middle English with a -dg- sound as "budge," or "bidge." Meaning "believe, accept as true" first recorded 6976. Related: Bought buying. To buy time "prevent further deterioration but make no improvement" is attested from 6996.
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