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[bih-too k]
  1. simple past tense of betake.
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verb (used with object), be·took, 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.
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Origin of betake

First recorded in 1175–1225, betake is from the Middle English word bitaken. See be-, take
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Historical Examples of betook

  • Mary dismissed Garson presently, and betook herself to her bedroom for a nap.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It was late when we rose from conference, and I betook me to the princess's apartments.

  • It was far into the night when Davis betook himself to bed, but not to sleep.

  • With this consolation, he betook him to his bedroom, and proceeded to undress.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Such were some of my thoughts as I betook myself to bed, and soon after to sleep.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for betook


  1. the past tense of betake
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verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken (tr)
  1. betake oneself to go; move
  2. archaic to apply (oneself) to
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Word Origin and History for betook



c.1200, from be- + take. Related: Betook; betaken.

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