mænan

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mainijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *meyn- (intention, opinion). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian mēna (signify), Old Saxon mēnian, Middle Dutch menen (think, intend) (Dutch menen), Old High German meinen (German meinen). The Indo-European root is also the source of Old Irish mían (wish, desire), Polish mienić (signify, believe). Sense 5 may be a separate word.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

mǣnan

  1. to mean, to intend (to do something)
  2. to mean, to intend (something for a specific purpose)
  3. to mean, to signify, to indicate
  4. to say, to relate
  5. to mourn or lament

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