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lief

 (lēf)
adv. lief·er, lief·est
Readily; willingly: I would as lief go now as later.
adj. liefer, liefest Archaic
1. Beloved; dear.
2. Ready or willing.

[Middle English leve, lef, dear, willingly, from Old English lēof, dear; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]

lief

(liːf)
adv
rare gladly; willingly: I'd as lief go today as tomorrow.
adj
(Historical Terms) archaic
a. ready; glad
b. dear; beloved
[Old English leof; related to lufu love]

lief

(lif)

adv.
gladly; willingly: I would as lief go south as not.
[before 900; Middle English leef, Old English lēof, c. Old Saxon liof, Old High German liob, Old Norse ljūfr, Gothic liufs; akin to love]
lief′ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.lief - in a willing manner; "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it"
Translations

lief

(archaic) [liːf] ADV I'd as lief not goigual me da no ir, de igual gana no voy

lief

adv (old) I would as liefich würde ebenso gern; I would as lief … as anythingich würde nichts lieber tun als …
References in classic literature ?
I want to be so I can help my mother and the children at home, and not have to ask lief of anybody.
And as for you, sir, I would as lief see her the wife of the Outlaw of Torn.
Being so," said he, "I would as lief they didnae see me.
But perhaps you young ladies may not care about the beaux, and had as lief be without them as with them.
But I'd as lief knock them at head as any other men.
WOULD HE TAKE A MESSAGE, Just as lief as not; had nothing else to do; would carry it in no time.
She was a fine, smart girl, now wide awake and bright as a button, and had such a sweet pretty mouth, that Dominicus would almost as lief have heard a love tale from it as a tale of murder.
you’d as lief drown a man as one of them there fish; not to throw a Christian creature so much as a rope’s end when he was adrift, and no life-buoy in sight
Jason Lief has worked as a pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigator for 22 years, primarily litigating several dozen Hatch-Waxman cases for various branded pharmaceutical companies.
We are interested in creating and further developing a safe and welcoming community," Lief said.
Medicine company Arena Pharmaceuticals (NasdaqGS:ARNA) revealed on Monday the retirement of Jack Lief as its president, chief executive officer as well as a member of its board of directors.
Lief was a thorough gentleman and constantly endeavoured to promote human rights.