Definitions

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  • v. To take away; appropriate to one's own use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take away; appropriate to one's own use.

Etymologies

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From Middle English fornimen, fornemen, from Old English forniman ("to take away, deprive of, plunder, waste, devastate, destroy, consume, annul, disfigure, overcome"), from Proto-Germanic *farnemanan, *franemanan (“to take away, hear, learn”), equivalent to for- +‎ nim. 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.

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