Definitions

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  • v. To seize; catch; grasp.
  • v. To perceive; understand.
  • v. To blame; reprove; rebuke; reprimand; reprehend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take; undertake.
  • To receive; feel; perceive.
  • To take up; reprove; reproach.

Etymologies

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From Middle English undernimen, from Old English underniman ("to take in, receive, comprehend, understand, blame, be indignant at, take upon oneself, steal"), equivalent to under- +‎ nim. Cognate with Dutch ondernemen ("to undertake, attempt"), German unternehmen ("to undertake, attempt").

Examples

  • Alas! that it is great slander to our faith and to our law, when folk that be without law shall reprove us and undernim us of our sins, and they that should be converted to Christ and to the law of

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

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