- simple past tense and past participle of bethink.
- 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 bethought
Then he bethought him that there was one beside him who was fitter to judge on such a matter.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Then, he bethought himself of a subtle form of rebuke by emphasizing his generosity.Within the Law
All at once, Jason bethought himself of the galley's miraculous figure-head.Tanglewood Tales
"I may not see you folks again till supper," he bethought him to call back.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Mr Dorrit bethought himself that he had business at his banker's.Little Dorrit
- the past tense and past participle of bethink
- to cause (oneself) to consider or meditate
- (tr often foll by of) to remind (oneself)
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Word Origin and History for bethought
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