simple past tense and past participle of bethink.



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.

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

Related Words for bethought

reminisce, remember, deliberate, devise, recall, mind, recollect, reflect

Examples from the Web for bethought

Historical Examples of 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

    Marvin Dana

  • All at once, Jason bethought himself of the galley's miraculous figure-head.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "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

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for bethought



the past tense and past participle of bethink


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 bethought



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

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