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bethought

[bih-thawt] /bɪˈθɔt/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of bethink.

bethink

[bih-thingk] /bɪˈθɪŋk/
verb (used with object), bethought, bethinking.
1.
to think; consider (used reflexively):
He bethought himself a moment.
2.
to remind (oneself):
to bethink oneself of family obligations.
3.
to remember; recall (used reflexively):
She lives in the past now, bethinking herself of happier days.
4.
to determine; resolve:
Under the circumstances I could not otherwise bethink me.
5.
Archaic. to bear in mind; remember.
verb (used without object), bethought, bethinking.
6.
Archaic. to consider; meditate.
Origin of bethink
1000
before 1000; Middle English bethenken, Old English bethencan. See be-, think1
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  • Then he bethought him that there was one beside him who was fitter to judge on such a matter.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Then, he bethought himself of a subtle form of rebuke by emphasizing his generosity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • All at once, Jason bethought himself of the galley's miraculous figure-head.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "I may not see you folks again till supper," he bethought him to call back.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Mr Dorrit bethought himself that he had business at his banker's.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • And just then she bethought herself of the hour and drew forth her tiny watch.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • Thereupon Pierre bethought himself of the blood he had seen on Silvere's hand.

  • Towards morning, Rougon bethought himself of reassuring Felicite.

  • I bethought me of the quiet Miss Williams, and hunted her up in her shop.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • At last Israel bethought him of the mearrah, and there he found her.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for bethought

bethought

/bɪˈθɔːt/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of bethink

bethink

/bɪˈθɪŋk/
verb (archaic or dialect) -thinks, -thinking, -thought
1.
to cause (oneself) to consider or meditate
2.
(transitive) often foll by of. to remind (oneself)
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Word Origin and History for bethought

bethink

v.

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

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