[ bih-teyk ]

verb (used with object),be·took [bih-took], /bɪˈtʊk/, 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.

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. 2023

How to use betake in a sentence

  • And so betaking themselves to prayers, they besought him, that the sin which had been committed might be forgotten.

  • Betaking themselves oft to deserted places, they each consulted his own medicine.

    The Way of an Indian | Frederic Remington
  • And he talked something of betaking himself to the nearest hotel after we landed, and waiting for the next boat down the river.

    Pencil Sketches | Eliza Leslie
  • There betaking himself to the severest penances, the great Brahmana sought the protection of the Sun.

  • And now, safe from his sharp eyes, the initiated will be betaking themselves to the place of meeting.

    The Green Book | Mr Jkai

British Dictionary definitions for betake


/ (bɪˈteɪk) /

verb-takes, -taking, -took or -taken (tr)
  1. betake oneself to go; move

  2. archaic to apply (oneself) to

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