verb (used with object), be·took, be·tak·en, be·tak·ing.

to cause to go (usually used reflexively): She betook herself to town.
Archaic. to resort or have recourse to.

Nearby words

  1. betacyanin,
  2. betadine,
  3. betagalactosidase,
  4. betaine,
  5. betaine hydrochloride,
  6. betamax,
  7. betamethasone,
  8. betamethyl acrolein,
  9. betancourt,
  10. betancourt, rómulo

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for betake


verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken (tr)

betake oneself to go; move
archaic to apply (oneself) to
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Word Origin and History for betake



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

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