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