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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bemenen, equivalent to be- +‎ mean (to signify). Compare Middle High German bemeinen (to mean).

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bemean (third-person singular simple present bemeans, present participle bemeaning, simple past and past participle bemeant)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To mean; signify; inform.

Etymology 2Edit

From be- +‎ mean (base, lowly), from Middle English mene, aphetic variation of Middle English imene (average, lowly, mean), from Old English ġemǣne (mean, common, average). More at mean.

VerbEdit

bemean (third-person singular simple present bemeans, present participle bemeaning, simple past and past participle bemeaned)

  1. To make mean or base, demean.
    • 1973, Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Wild Pitch[1] (Fiction), G. K. Hall, →ISBN, page 85:
      I fished carefully, used wet flies and dry, all that I had in my book, and even bemeaned myself by baiting a plain hook with a grasshopper.
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  • Usually used reflexively, as in "to bemean oneself".
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