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aye 1also ay (ī)
An affirmative vote or voter: The ayes outnumber the nays on this issue.
Yes; yea: voted aye on the appropriations bill.
[Perhaps from Middle English *ayye : ay, always; see aye2 + ye, yes; see yea.]
aye 2also ay (ā)
Archaic Always; ever: pledged their love for aye.
1. yes: archaic or dialectal except in voting by voice
2. (Nautical Terms) an expression of compliance, esp used by seamen
3. Brit an expression of amused surprise, esp at encountering something that confirms one's suspicions, expectations, etc
a. a person who votes in the affirmative
b. an affirmative vote
[C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent]
Scot always; still
[Old Norse ei ever; Old English ā; compare Latin aevum an age, Greek aion aeon, aiei ever, always]
2. an affirmative vote or voter.
[1570–80; earlier sp. I; of uncertain orig.]
adv (old, Scot) → immer
adv. sí, claro, desde luego, seguramente.