Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mean; signify; inform.
  • v. To make mean or base, demean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make mean; to lower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mean; signify; inform.
  • To make mean; debase; lower: as, to bemean one's self by low associations; to bemean human nature.

Etymologies

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

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