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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
It can begin to ween people from the dependency of the foreign aid system.
Since their enactment, the property tax shifts have been an unending source of friction bet ween state and local government.
First, a court must decide whether there is an actual or real conflict bet ween the potentially applicable laws.
Her life is a comfortable balance bet ween teaching and creating art.
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