Definition of bethink in English:



bethink oneself
archaic, formal
  • Come to think.

    ‘he bethought himself of the verse from the Book of Proverbs’
    • ‘Once the ballet runs out of adversaries, the saint bethinks himself of England's plight and rides off in triumph to quell what foes may still remain to her [listen - track 7, 4: 59-5: 55].’
    • ‘If you bethink yourself of any crime Unrecoucil'd as yet to heaven a d grace, Solicit for it straight…’
    • ‘Verily, many of them once lifted their legs like the dancer; to them winked the laughter of my wisdom: - then did they bethink themselves.’
    • ‘I bethought myself to ask the rider whither - and I a mere beast!’
    • ‘Since this is mock-epic, however, when offering homage to his hero, Garth is led to bethink himself of epic, particularly of the Aeneid, and to attempt to appropriate; but the results are hardly impressive.’
    • ‘I know not whether these ancestors of mine bethought themselves to repent, and ask pardon of Heaven for their cruelties; or whether they are now groaning under the heavy consequences of them, in another state of being.’
    be reported, be thought, be believed, be alleged, be rumoured, be reputed, be put about
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Old English bithencan (see be-, think).