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

  • n. Scots Blame; fault.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Blame, responsibility, guilt
  • n. Punishment, penalty, fine, bote, mulct
  • v. To blame; regard as guilty, fault, accuse
  • v. To reproach, censure, mulct
  • v. To observe, keep, guard, preserve, protect
  • v. To go, go away, depart, perish, vanish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Blame; reproach.
  • transitive v. To reproach; to blame; to censure; also, to impute as blame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To observe; keep; guard; preserve; protect.
  • l. To impute (to one) as a fault; blame for; blame (that): governing directly a noun or clause, and taking an indirect object in the dative.
  • To impute wrong to; find fault with; blame; censure.
  • To go.
  • n. Blame; censure; reproach; fault.
  • n. Punishment; penalty; mulct; fine: in old Eng. criminal law, a fine paid to the king or other lord in respect of an offense.
  • n. An obsolete form of wit.


Middle English, from Old English wīte, penalty; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wīten ("to accuse, reproach, punish, suspect"), Old English wītan ("to look, behold, see, guard, keep, impute or ascribe to, accuse, reproach, blame"), derived from Old English wīte, see below. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English wītan ("guilt, blameworthiness, blame, wrongdoing, misdeed, offense, punishment, retribution, fine, bote, customary rent"), from Old English wīte, see below. (Wiktionary)
From Old English witan (Wiktionary)



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