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  • verb [ weak ]
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CENNAN, cænnan. cynnan; part. -nende; p. de; pp. ed; v. trans.
Wright's OE grammar
§310; §530;
to beget, conceive, create, bring forth; gignere, creare, facere, parere
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  • Ic to-dæg cende ðé

    ego hodie genui te,

      Ps. Spl. 2, 7.
  • Sceal, ic nú eald wíf, cennan

    shall I, now an old woman, conceive?

      Gen. 18, 13.
  • Iob sunu Waldendes freónoman cende

    Job gave [created, made] a noble name to the Lord's son,

      Exon. 17a; Th. 40, 9; Cri. 636.
  • Ðam wæs Judas nama cenned

    to him was given [created, made] the name Judas,

      Elen. Kmbl. 1170; El. 587: Ps. Th. 73, 7.
  • Heó cende hyre frumcennedan sunu

    peperit filium suum primogenitum,

      Mt. Bos. 1, 25.
to bring forth from the mind
, to declare, choose, ascribe, clear, prove; advocare, confiteri, adscribere, purgare, manifestare
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  • Gif he cynne ðæt he hit bohte if he declare that he bought it, L. Edg. S. 11; Th. i. 276, 12, MS. F. Ic me to cyninge cenne Iudas

    I chose Judah to me for a king,

      Ps. Th. 107, 8.
  • We deórwyrþne dǽl Dryhtne cennaþ

    we ascribe the precious lot to the Lord,

      Exon. 35a; Th. 113, 8; Gú. 154.
  • Cenne he hwanon hit him cóme

    let him declare whence it came to him,

      L. Eth. ii. 8; Th. i. 288, 14, 21, 22, 23, 25.
  • Gif he cenþ ðæt he hit bohte

    if he declare that he bought it,

      L. Edg. S. 10; Th. i. 276, 6.
  • Mynstres aldor hine cænne in preóstes canne

    let the chief of a monastery clear himself with a priest's clearance,

      L. Wih. 17; Th. i. 40, 13: 22 ; Th. i. 42, 3: L. Edg. S. 11; Th. i. 276, 12.
[Piers P. kennen, kenne to teach: Chauc. kennen to know: R. Brun. ken to know: Laym. kenne, kennen to know, make known, acknowledge: Orm. kennedd begotten: O. Sax. kennian gignere, cognoscere: Frs. kinnen: O. Frs. kanna, kenna to know: Dut. Ger. M. H. Ger. kennen to know: O. H. Ger. kannjan: Goth. kannyan to make known: Dan. kjende: Swed. känna: Icel. kenna to know, teach.]
Derived forms
DER. a-cennan, ge-, on-.
Linked entries
v.  a-cennan cænnan cænnan cennend-líc cynnan.
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  • CENNAN, v.