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From Middle English fornimen, fornemen, from Old English forniman (to take away, deprive of, plunder, waste, devastate, destroy, consume, annul, disfigure, overcome), from Proto-Germanic *farnemaną, *franemaną (to take away, hear, learn), equivalent to for- +‎ nim. Cognate with West Frisian fornimme (to learn, hear, find out), Dutch vernemen (to learn, hear, find out, understand), German vernehmen (to hear, learn, question, examine), Swedish förnimma (to apprehend, perceive, notice). More at for-, nim.


fornim (third-person singular simple present fornims, present participle fornimming, simple past fornam or fornimmed, past participle fornum or fornumb or fornimmed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To take away; appropriate to one's own use.