(1) 'aim, attempt, consider' (2) 'intend, purpose, consider' (Modern English stem)
(1) *steƀnō or *staƀnjōn
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
(1) stefna, stemna ‘to stand in a certain direction, aim at; to give notice to one, summon; cite (a case); call together (of a meeting)’.
(ONP (1) stefna (2) (vb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
(1) Far stevna, Icel stefna, Norw stemna, Dan stævne, Sw stämma
Phonological and morphological markers
(1) Mainly from N texts; see further stemmed (v.). (2) ME estemen is attested from a range of 15c texts, but an aphetic variant isn't cited by OED until the 16c., nor is the relevant sense (6) 'purpose, aim, intend'
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus