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verb (used with object), be·thought, be·think·ing.
  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), be·thought, be·think·ing.
  1. Archaic. to consider; meditate.

Origin of bethink

before 1000; Middle English bethenken, Old English bethencan. See be-, think1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of be-thought

  • The captain then be-thought him of placing his treasure in some place of security in the city.

    The Iron Horse

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • They now came to a halt, and be-thought themselves how to make up for lost time, and improve the remainder of the season.

British Dictionary definitions for be-thought


  1. the past tense and past participle of bethink


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



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

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