• Onfang


    From Middle English onfangen, onfon ("to receive, accept"), from Old English onfōn, ondfōn ("to receive, accept, perceive"), from Proto-Germanic *and- + *fanhaną ("to accept"), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂ḱ- ("to fasten, fix, stick"), equivalent to - + 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.

    Full definition of onfang


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