Middle English Dictionary Entry

dẹ̄pen v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. dippen.
(a) To dip (sth.), immerse; also, dye (sth), stain; idept in grain, dyed in grain, dyed with fast color; (b) to baptize; (c) fig. to immerse (oneself in a story, in a way of life); ben deped, be plunged (in error).
(a) To deepen (a ditch); (b) to go deep, penetrate.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.6va (1.2) : Somtyme þe water passeþ oute of þe body sone after þat i[t] is dronken, and þat owen noȝt to be callede 'vryn' propurly, but..callede 'pisse.' For when it is pissede sone, noþer it is decocte ne digestede in þe veyns and in þe reyns, ne þe coloure of him is noȝt profundet, i. noȝt depede [Hnt HM 505: dept] ne dyede as it schulde be.
Note: ?New sense: 'to darken, intensify, or deepen (a color).' Editor's gloss: 'deepened'.

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  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.35va (2.3) : Þe waies of þe vryn, ar deppede and stoppede..þe vryn may noȝt haue his ful course oute os he schulde haue.
Note: ?This word. ?New sense: ?turned inward. Editor's gloss: deppede, v. pa. ppl. '?blocked, ?impeded'.