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From Proto-Germanic *wunjaną. Cognate with Old Frisian wunia, Old Saxon wunon, Old High German wonēn (German wohnen), Old Norse una.




  1. to live somewhere
    Hwǣr wunast þū?
    Where do you live?
    wuniġe on þǣre byrġ, mīn brōðor on þām lande.
    I live in the city, my brother in the country.
    Mīn sweostor ġīet wunaþ mid ūrum ieldrum.
    My sister still lives with our parents.
  2. to stay somewhere
    wunode ofer niht on þām lǣċehūse.
    He stayed in the hospital overnight.
  3. to live or be in a certain condition
    wuniaþ on hyhte.
    We live in hope.
    tælmearc þe wunaþ on unhlīsan
    a date which will live in infamy
  4. to be located somewhere
    • Cynewulf, Elene
      Saga mē hwǣr sēo rōd wuniġe.
      Tell me where the cross lies.
  5. to consist
    Rihtwīsnes ne wunaþ on ǣ.
    Justice does not consist in the law.
  6. to remain, last, continue, endure
    • Psalm 102:12
      Þū on ēcnesse wunast, āwa, Dryhten; wunaþ þīn ġemynd þenden weorold standeþ.
      You will last forever, always, Lord; the memory of you will endure while the world stands.


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