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From Middle English hoten, from Old English hātan ‎(to command, be called), from Proto-Germanic *haitaną ‎(command, name), from Proto-Indo-European *kei-, *ki- ‎(put in motion, be moving). Cognate with Dutch heten ‎(to be named), German heißen ‎(to be called), Swedish heta ‎(to be called). Related to hight, hete.


hote ‎(third-person singular simple present hotes, present participle hoting, simple past hight, past participle hoten)

  1. (obsolete) To command; to enjoin.
  2. (obsolete) To promise.
  3. (obsolete) To be called, be named.