- 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.
- Archaic. to consider; meditate.
Origin of bethink
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Examples from the Web for bethink
Might he not bethink himself, and come again, and say he was sorry he had so left her?Weighed and Wanting
But stay, now I bethink me, there is one thing reckoned not upon—the priest.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Be it so; only, bethink you that one of us will infallibly be killed.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
But bethink you of them, and you will unriddle them for yourself, perhaps.
Yet that course seemed no less futile than any other of which I could bethink me.
- 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
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