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Definition of lief adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

lief

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//liːf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//liːf//
 
(old use)
 
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willingly; happily I would as lief kill myself as betray my master. Word Origin Old English lēof ‘dear, pleasant’, of Germanic origin: related to the noun leave and love.
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