verb (used with object), verb (used without object) Archaic.
to think; suppose.
to expect, hope, or intend.

before 900; Middle English wenen, Old English wēnan to expect; cognate with German wähnen to imagine, Old Norse væna, Gothic wēnjan to hope, expect

unweened, adjective

wean, ween.
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ween (wiːn)
archaic to think or imagine (something)
[Old English wēnan; related to Old Saxon wānian, Gothic wēnjan, German wähnen to assume wrongly]

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O.E. wenan "to think," from P.Gmc. *woenijanan (cf. O.S. wanian, O.N. væna, O.Fris. wena, O.H.G. wanen, Ger. wähnen, Goth. wenjan "to expect, suppose, think"), from *woeniz "expectation," from PIE base *wen- "to wish, desire, strive for" (see Venus). Archaic since 17c.
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