- to cause to go (usually used reflexively): She betook herself to town.
- Archaic. to resort or have recourse to.
Origin of betake
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Examples from the Web for betake
She knew at once that she must betake her to the Truth for refuge.Weighed and Wanting
All that he need do was to put on his hat and betake himself to his usual diversions.Fruitfulness
When thou arisest I also arise; when thou settest I also betake myself to rest.History of Religion
He was compelled to lay it aside, and betake himself to a stroll and a pipe.David Elginbrod
For a while after my reception, I proposed to betake myself to some secular calling.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
- betake oneself to go; move
- archaic to apply (oneself) to
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Word Origin and History for betake
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