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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- +‎ nimen.

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.


fornimen ‎(third-person singular simple present fornimeth, present participle fornimende, past singular fornam, past plural fornumen, past participle fornomen)

  1. (transitive) to take away, remove; deprive
  2. (transitive) to destroy, do away with, fordo
  3. (transitive) to encroach upon


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