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- v. To take hold of; to grasp, hold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize; lay hold on; grasp.
- At hand; near at hand; near; nigh; convenient: in this sense generally in the predicate, and equivalent to the adverb. See hend, adverb
- Handy; dexterous; clever; accomplished.
- Civil; courteous; polite; gracious; kind; gentle; noble; excellent; good: much used in Middle English poetry as a general expression of praise.
- Good; excellent: used of things.
- n. A gentle, noble, excellent person.
- At hand; near at hand. See hend, adjective
- Civilly; courteously; kindly; honorably.
Possibly shortened from Old English ġehendan ("take hold of"). (Wiktionary)