(obsolete) To take away; take away from. [10th-16th c.]
Origin of benim
- From Middle English benimen, from Old English beniman (“to take, assume, obtain, take away from, deprive of, bereave, rob, contain, catch, apprehend”), from Proto-Germanic *binemaną (“to take away”), from *bi- + *nemaną (“to take”), equivalent to be- + nim. Cognate with Dutch benemen (“to take away”), German benehmen (“behave”), Gothic (biniman, “to take away”). See also benumb.