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betook

[bih-too k] /bɪˈtʊk/
verb
1.
simple past tense of betake.

betake

[bih-teyk] /bɪˈteɪk/
verb (used with object), betook, betaken, betaking.
1.
to cause to go (usually used reflexively):
She betook herself to town.
2.
Archaic. to resort or have recourse to.
Origin of betake
1175-1225
First recorded in 1175-1225, betake is from the Middle English word bitaken. See be-, take
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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

betook

/bɪˈtʊk/
verb
1.
the past tense of betake

betake

/bɪˈteɪk/
verb (transitive) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
1.
betake oneself, to go; move
2.
(archaic) to apply (oneself) to
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Word Origin and History for betook

betake

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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