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[bih-thawt] /bɪˈθɔt/
simple past tense and past participle of bethink.


[bih-thingk] /bɪˈθɪŋk/
verb (used with object), bethought, bethinking.
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), bethought, bethinking.
Archaic. to consider; meditate.
Origin of bethink
before 1000; Middle English bethenken, Old English bethencan. See be-, think1 Unabridged
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  • I thirsted, and I bethought me of this buffet where you keep your wine.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Then, he bethought himself of a subtle form of rebuke by emphasizing his generosity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It was after the dishes of the midday meal were washed that she bethought her of the old shrine back near the woods.

    The Place Beyond the Winds Harriet T. Comstock
  • All at once, Jason bethought himself of the galley's miraculous figure-head.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Xenophon then bethought him of the two prisoners whom he had just captured, and proposed that these two should be questioned also.

  • Mr Dorrit bethought himself that he had business at his banker's.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Rosas comprehended this movement, and bethought himself of the means of stifling it in the bud.

  • And just then she bethought herself of the hour and drew forth her tiny watch.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • "I must get away while John Miles is still asleep," he bethought himself.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • I bethought me of the quiet Miss Williams, and hunted her up in her shop.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
British Dictionary definitions for bethought


the past tense and past participle of bethink


verb (archaic or dialect) -thinks, -thinking, -thought
to cause (oneself) to consider or meditate
(transitive) 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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