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aye 1

also ay  (ī)
n.
An affirmative vote or voter: The ayes outnumber the nays on this issue.
adv.
Yes; yea: voted aye on the appropriations bill.

[Perhaps from Middle English *ayye : ay, always; see aye2 + ye, yes; see yea.]

aye 2

also ay  (ā)
adv.
Archaic Always; ever: pledged their love for aye.

[Middle English ai, from Old Norse ei; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]

aye

() or

ay

sentence substitute
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
n
a. a person who votes in the affirmative
b. an affirmative vote
[C16: probably from pronoun I, expressing assent]

aye

(əɪ)
adv
Scot always; still
[Old Norse ei ever; Old English ā; compare Latin aevum an age, Greek aion aeon, aiei ever, always]

aye1

(aɪ)

adv.
1. yes.
n.
2. an affirmative vote or voter.
[1570–80; earlier sp. I; of uncertain orig.]

aye2

(eɪ)

adv.
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aye

also ay
noun
An affirmative vote or voter:
adverb
Translations

aye

1 [aɪ]
A. ADV (esp Scot, N. Engl) →
aye, aye sir!sí, mi capitán
B. Nm
to vote ayevotar
the ayes have itse ha aprobado la moción
there were 50 ayes and 3 noesvotaron 50 a favor y 3 en contra

aye

2 (o.f.) [eɪ] ADV for ever and aye (Scot) → por siempre jamás

aye

[ˈaɪ]
excl (British) (= yes) → oui
n
the ayes → les oui

aye

adv (old, Scot) → immer

aye

ay [aɪ]
1. excl (esp Scot) (yes) →
2. nvoto favorevole

ay

, aye
adv. sí, claro, desde luego, seguramente.
References in classic literature ?
"Aye, aye; I know, I know; but I let other folks talk.
"Aye, and a partic'lar thing happened, didn't it, Mr.
"Aye, aye, sir!" answered Ben Weatherstaff, touching his forehead.
"Aye, aye, sir!" said Ben Weatherstaff promptly, though this was the first time he had heard of great scientific discoveries.
"Aye, sure," said Seth, with answering surprise; "what's awanting to't?"
"Aye, aye; but he's none so fond o' your dissenters, for all that."
And for the disobedient thus I pray: May the gods send them neither timely fruits Of earth, nor teeming increase of the womb, But may they waste and pine, as now they waste, Aye and worse stricken; but to all of you, My loyal subjects who approve my acts, May Justice, our ally, and all the gods Be gracious and attend you evermore.
OEDIPUS Aye, if there be a third best, tell it too.
To which Ahab answered -- Aye. Straightway, then, Gabriel once more started to his feet, glaring upon the old man, and vehemently exclaimed, with downward pointed finger -- Think, think of the blasphemer --dead, and down there!
A brute insidious, plundering, grovelling, That aye must lie, That wittingly, wilfully, aye must lie: For booty lusting, Motley masked, Self-hidden, shrouded, Himself his booty- HE--of truth the wooer?
Aye, the Pequod --that ship there, he said, drawing back his whole arm, and then rapidly shoving it straight out from him, with the fixed bayonet of his pointed finger darted full at the object.
Aye, among some of us old sailor chaps, he goes by that name.