Middle English Dictionary Entry

mē̆ten v.(1)
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) To measure (sb. or sth., a distance, a quantity); ppl. fiftene times meting, being measured 15 times, i.e., if its length is multiplied by 15; (b) to take measurements, take a measurement, measure; (c) ppl. meten, measured, complete, exact.
2.
(a) To measure out (sth., a measure), dispense; (b) to measure out, give measure; (c) to mete out (reward, punishment), apportion, appoint; ~ ayenes, pay (sth.) back, repay (sth.); ~ med; (d) to repay (sb.), requite.
3.
(a) To divide up (land), measure, survey; mark out (a city); ~ out, mark out (land); fig. survey (history); (b) to number or sort out (people) by setting them in lines; (c) ~ abouten, to measure or mark out the ground.
4.
To judge (sth. intangible), estimate; appraise (sb. or sth.), value; ppl. even meten, equal.
5.
(a) To traverse (a certain distance); go, journey, pass; (b) impers. of time: to pass; reach (to a certain point); (c) to lie down flat; also, be laid down flat.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400 PPl.Z (Bod 851)1.101 : For the same mesures that methet amys Other alles ye schal be wo therewyth wen ye wenden hennus.
  • Note: NF
    Note: ?error, ?contraction - A text has: 'mesour ʒe mete, amys oþer ellis.'
  • a1500 MSerm.Mol.(Adv 19.3.1)82 : The lewde letherand lurdon went forthe and mette vij acurs of londe.
  • Note: AQ
    Note: ?sense.