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bethink

[bih-thingk] /bɪˈθɪŋk/
verb (used with object), bethought, bethinking.
1.
to think; consider (used reflexively):
He bethought himself a moment.
2.
to remind (oneself):
to bethink oneself of family obligations.
3.
to remember; recall (used reflexively):
She lives in the past now, bethinking herself of happier days.
4.
to determine; resolve:
Under the circumstances I could not otherwise bethink me.
5.
Archaic. to bear in mind; remember.
verb (used without object), bethought, bethinking.
6.
Archaic. to consider; meditate.
Origin of bethink
1000
before 1000; Middle English bethenken, Old English bethencan. See be-, think1
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  • bethink thee now—thou art of too much account to die as these others.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • Might he not bethink himself, and come again, and say he was sorry he had so left her?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • bethink thee, therefore, what manner of man thou art, rather than of whom thou wast born.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • But stay, now I bethink me, there is one thing reckoned not upon—the priest.

  • And now I bethink me, those poachers' tatters sit very ill on your long carcass.

    Humphrey Bold Herbert Strang
  • Be it so; only, bethink you that one of us will infallibly be killed.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Further, you brothers and sisters of the north ought to bethink yourselves and keep in mind how we regard them.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • But bethink you of them, and you will unriddle them for yourself, perhaps.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • But bethink you a moment if ye have strength and wish to follow.

    The Sign Of The Red Cross Evelyn Everett-Green
  • But bethink you, Joseph, the child suspects not the possibility of his having fallen.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for bethink

bethink

/bɪˈθɪŋk/
verb (archaic or dialect) -thinks, -thinking, -thought
1.
to cause (oneself) to consider or meditate
2.
(transitive) often foll by of. to remind (oneself)
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Word Origin and History for bethink
v.

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

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