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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, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter viij, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVI:
      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.