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From Middle English benimen, from Old English beniman (to take, assume, obtain, take away from, deprive of, bereave, rob, contain, catch, apprehend), from Proto-Germanic *binemaną (to take away), from *bi- + *nemaną (to take), equivalent to be- +‎ nim. Cognate with Dutch benemen (to take away), German benehmen (behave), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐌽𐌹𐌼𐌰𐌽 (biniman, to take away). See also benumb.


benim (third-person singular simple present benims, present participle benimming, simple past benam or benimmed, past participle benomen or benome or benumb or benimmed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To take away; take away from. [10th-16thc.]
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XVI, chapter viij:
      and he had another vysyon / hym thoughte / that he came to a grete place whiche semed a chappel / & there he fonde a chayer sette on the lyfte syde whiche was worme eten / and feble / And on the ryghte hand were two floures lyke a lylye / and the one wold haue benome the others whytnes
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To rob; deprive; bereave.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To rob; spoil; ravish.

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  • IPA(key): /beˈnim/
  • Hyphenation: be‧nim



  1. my, mine, of mine.