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[bih-too k] /bɪˈtʊk/
simple past tense of betake.


[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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for betook
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  • Mary dismissed Garson presently, and betook herself to her bedroom for a nap.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It was late when we rose from conference, and I betook me to the princess's apartments.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • It was far into the night when Davis betook himself to bed, but not to sleep.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • With this consolation, he betook him to his bedroom, and proceeded to undress.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Such were some of my thoughts as I betook myself to bed, and soon after to sleep.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • She betook herself to the one man of whom she had heard as knowing about God.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Thither Burr betook himself when his term of office expired.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • After this we betook ourselves to the business of cotton gathering.

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • Valerius and Nicanor betook themselves to the house appointed.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Then he darted from the room, and betook himself home with all speed.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth
British Dictionary definitions for betook


the past tense of betake


verb (transitive) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
betake oneself, to go; move
(archaic) to apply (oneself) to
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Word Origin and History for betook



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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