• To be stocked to overflowing.
  • To be prolific; to abound; to be rife.
  • To bring forth young, as an animal; to produce fruit, as a plant; to bear; to be pregnant; to conceive; to multiply.
  • To empty.
  • To pour (especially with rain)
  • To pour, as steel, from a melting pot; to fill, as a mould, with molten metal.
  • To think fit.


  • From Middle English temen, from Old English tīeman.
  • From Middle English temen, from Old Norse tœma, from Proto-Germanic *tōmijaną ("to empty, make empty"). Related to English toom ("empty, vacant"). More at toom.
  • From Middle English temen ("to be suitable, befit"), from Old English *teman, from Proto-Germanic *temaną ("to fit"). Cognate with Low German temen, tamen, Dutch betamen ("to befit"), German ziemen. See also tame (adjective) and compare beteem.

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