from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Archaic To think; suppose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Doubt; conjecture.
  • v. To suppose, imagine; to think, believe.
  • v. To expect, hope or wish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To think; to imagine; to fancy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Doubt; conjecture.
  • To be of opinion; have the notion; think; imagine; suppose.


Middle English wenen, from Old English wēnan; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wene, from Old English wēn, wēna ("hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wēniz, *wēnōn (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win”). Cognate with German Wahn ("illusion, false hope"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English wenen, from Old English wēnan, from Proto-Germanic *wēnijanan. Cognate with Dutch wanen, German wähnen. (Wiktionary)



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