[ bih-teyk ]

verb (used with object)

, be·took [bih-, took], be·tak·en, be·tak·ing.
  1. to cause to go (usually used reflexively):

    She betook herself to town.

  2. Archaic. to resort or have recourse to.


/ bɪˈteɪk /


  1. betake oneself
    betake oneself to go; move
  2. archaic.
    to apply (oneself) to

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Word History and Origins

Origin of betake1

First recorded in 1175–1225, betake is from the Middle English word bitaken. See be-, take

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Example Sentences

Now King Harald bade a warlock betake him to Iceland in one or other guise, that he might bring him back tidings of the country.

The danger now was that a Spanish army would seize Madrid, and thither the French army must betake itself.

Let them sink all our sailing vessels, we will betake ourselves to tugs.

So I determined to betake myself to Germany, there to study medicine and, as opportunity offered, other sciences also.

Therefore did the conscientious driver of the piety-quill betake himself to some new field.


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