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hain

transitive verb \ ˈ(h)ān \

Definition of hain

-ed/-ing/-s
dialectal, British
1 : to fence or enclose (a tract of land) for grass
2 : to put aside : save, spare

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Origin and Etymology of hain

Middle English hanen, haynen, from Old Norse hegna to enclose; akin to Middle Low German hegenen to enclose, Middle High German heinen to enclose, Old High German hagan thornbush, Old Norse hagi enclosed pasture


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hain

transitive verb \ " \

Definition of hain

-ed/-ing/-s
dialectal, England
: to cause (a price or fee) to be increased : raise

Origin and Etymology of hain

Middle English heyen, heynen to raise, from Old English hēan, from hēah high


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