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

Origin of ween

before 900; Middle English wenen, Old English wēnan to expect; cognate with German wähnen to imagine, Old Norse væna, Gothic wēnjan to hope, expect
Related formsun·weened, adjective
Can be confusedwean ween
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Historical Examples

  • So man shall do whenever in war he weens to earn him lasting fame, nor fears for his life!

    Beowulf

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British Dictionary definitions for weens

ween

verb
  1. archaic to think or imagine (something)

Word Origin

Old English wēnan; related to Old Saxon wānian, Gothic wēnjan, German wähnen to assume wrongly
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Word Origin and History for weens

ween

v.

Old English wenan "to think," from Proto-Germanic *woenijanan (cf. Old Saxon wanian, Old Norse væna, Old Frisian wena, Old High German wanen, German wähnen, Gothic wenjan "to expect, suppose, think"), from *woeniz "expectation," from PIE root *wen- "to wish, desire, strive for" (see Venus). Archaic since 17c.

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