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[bih-thingk] /bɪˈθɪŋk/
verb (used with object), bethought, bethinking.
to think; consider (used reflexively):
He bethought himself a moment.
to remind (oneself):
to bethink oneself of family obligations.
to remember; recall (used reflexively):
She lives in the past now, bethinking herself of happier days.
to determine; resolve:
Under the circumstances I could not otherwise bethink me.
Archaic. to bear in mind; remember.
verb (used without object), bethought, bethinking.
Archaic. to consider; meditate.
Origin of bethink
before 1000; Middle English bethenken, Old English bethencan. See be-, think1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bethink
Historical Examples
  • Might he not bethink himself, and come again, and say he was sorry he had so left her?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • But stay, now I bethink me, there is one thing reckoned not upon—the priest.

  • Be it so; only, bethink you that one of us will infallibly be killed.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • But bethink you of them, and you will unriddle them for yourself, perhaps.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Yet that course seemed no less futile than any other of which I could bethink me.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Now, bethink you how you answer me, or there will be a fool the less in the world.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Yet bethink you of the other good men who have done evil deeds?

  • bethink you of Madonna Paola and of the brave things you promised her.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • But before I could bethink me of words, he was speaking again.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • bethink thee of all the bounty these hands have lavished on thee.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for bethink


verb (archaic or dialect) -thinks, -thinking, -thought
to cause (oneself) to consider or meditate
(transitive) often foll by of. to remind (oneself)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bethink

reflexive verb, Old English beþencan "to consider," from be- + þencan "to think" (see think). Related: Bethought.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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