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verb (used with or without object) Archaic.
to think; suppose.
to expect, hope, or intend.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM weenun·weened, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH weenwean, ween
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How to use ween in a sentence
It satisfied the part of me that grew up and was weened on SNL.Michaela Watkins: Fired From ‘SNL’ To Hollywood’s Funniest Scene-Stealer|Kevin Fallon|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Alas, false treason, said King Mark, I weened that young traitor had been dead.
Wit you well the lady was glad, and so was Sir Launcelot, for he weened that he had had another in his arms.
This Solomon had an evil wife, wherethrough he weened that there had been no good woman, and so he despised them in his books.
And then Sir Launcelot drew his sword, for he felt himself so sore y-hurt that he weened there to have had his death.
Then Sir Lancelot laughed no more, but grieved, for he weened that he had harmed the youth, and he liked him passing well.The Blue Flower, and Others|Henry van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for ween
/ (wiːn) /
archaic to think or imagine (something)
Word Origin for ween
Old English wēnan; related to Old Saxon wānian, Gothic wēnjan, German wähnen to assume wrongly
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