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betake

[bih-teyk]
verb (used with object), be·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.
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Origin of betake

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 betake

Historical Examples

  • She knew at once that she must betake her to the Truth for refuge.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • All that he need do was to put on his hat and betake himself to his usual diversions.

    Fruitfulness

    Emile Zola

  • When thou arisest I also arise; when thou settest I also betake myself to rest.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • He was compelled to lay it aside, and betake himself to a stroll and a pipe.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • For a while after my reception, I proposed to betake myself to some secular calling.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Cardinal Newman


British Dictionary definitions for betake

betake

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

v.

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

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