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Meaning of onfang by Wiktionary Dictionary

onfang


    Etymology

    From Middle English onfangen, onfon ( “to receive, accept” ), from Old English onfōn, ondfōn ( “to receive, accept, perceive” ), from Proto-Germanic *and- + *fanhanan ( “to accept” ), from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- ( “to fasten, fix, stick” ), equivalent to and- +‎ fang. Cognate with West Frisian ûntfange ( “to receive” ), Dutch ontvangen ( “to receive” ), German empfangen ( “to receive, welcome” ), Icelandic aðfang ( “input, supply” ), Latin pangō ( “fix, fasten, drive in” ), Old English ġefangian ( “to fasten, join” ). More at un-, fang .

    Verb

    onfang ( third-person singular simple present onfangs present participle onfanging, simple past and past participle onfanged )

    1. ( transitive, obsolete ) To receive; welcome .
    2. ( transitive, obsolete ) To accept; endure .
    3. ( transitive, obsolete ) ( of a woman ) To conceive .