Middle English Dictionary Entry

yẹ̄men v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. bigemen v., foryemen v., iyemen v.
1.
(a) To pay attention, take heed; with gen. or prep. phrase: take heed (of sth.); take notice (of sth., of God), attend (to sth., to God); also, look carefully (upon sth.); (b) to stand guard, protect; also, keep something (in store), hoard; (c) to rule, govern.
2.
(a) To take heed of (sth.), take notice of, attend to; with inf.: take heed (to do sth.), be careful; with clause as obj.: notice (who is near); also, be careful (that sth. is done); (b) to take care of (sb. or sth., animals), look after, care for, tend; also, raise (a child), rear; (c) to keep (sb. or sth. from sth.), protect, preserve; also, keep (peace); guard (sb. or sth.); also in fig. context; keep (sb., an animal) in secure confinement, set a guard on; (d) to reserve (sth.), hold back; (e) to rule (a realm, a people, etc.), govern; control (one’s tongue, a ship’s helm, etc.); hold (an office), keep; administer (the law), carry out; (f) to observe (a religious day), keep; adhere to (a law, commandment, doctrine), follow; practice (a rule of living, folly); (g) to tolerate (a practice), countenance.