[ bih-thingk ]
/ bɪˈθɪŋk /

verb (used with object), be·thought, be·think·ing.

to think; consider (used reflexively): He bethought himself a moment.
to remind (oneself): to bethink oneself of family obligations.
to remember; recall (used reflexively): She lives in the past now, bethinking herself of happier days.
to determine; resolve: Under the circumstances I could not otherwise bethink me.
Archaic. to bear in mind; remember.

verb (used without object), be·thought, be·think·ing.

Archaic. to consider; meditate.

Nearby words

  1. bethe, hans albrecht,
  2. bethel,
  3. bethel park,
  4. bethesda,
  5. bethesda unit,
  6. bethlehem,
  7. bethlehem sage,
  8. bethmann hollweg,
  9. bethmann-hollweg,
  10. bethmann-hollweg, theobald von

Origin of bethink

before 1000; Middle English bethenken, Old English bethencan. See be-, think1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bethink


/ (bɪˈθɪŋk) /

verb -thinks, -thinking or -thought archaic, or dialect

to cause (oneself) to consider or meditate
(tr often foll by of) to remind (oneself)
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Word Origin and History for bethink



reflexive verb, Old English beþencan "to consider," from be- + þencan "to think" (see think). Related: Bethought.

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