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[bih-teyk] /bɪˈteɪk/
verb (used with object), betook, betaken, betaking.
to cause to go (usually used reflexively):
She betook herself to town.
Archaic. to resort or have recourse to.
Origin of betake
First recorded in 1175-1225, betake is from the Middle English word bitaken. See be-, take Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The prince of Byblos sent to me, saying: betake thyself from my harbor.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • She knew at once that she must betake her to the Truth for refuge.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The fever in this class of cases does not range high, yet the patients are ill enough to betake themselves to bed.

  • All that he need do was to put on his hat and betake himself to his usual diversions.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • But it has been necessary that she should betake herself to the country, feeling herself but ill at ease in town.

  • When thou arisest I also arise; when thou settest I also betake myself to rest.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • If a subsistence were provided by it for herself, whither should her father and her Lucy betake themselves for support?

    Ormond, Volume I (of 3) Charles Brockden Brown
  • He was compelled to lay it aside, and betake himself to a stroll and a pipe.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • betake thee to thy couch, and sleep off the effects of thy drink.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • For a while after my reception, I proposed to betake myself to some secular calling.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
British Dictionary definitions for betake


verb (transitive) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
betake oneself, to go; move
(archaic) to apply (oneself) to
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for betake

c.1200, from be- + take. Related: Betook; betaken.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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