Bethink



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.
Archaic. to consider; meditate.
Historical Examples

bethink thee now—thou art of too much account to die as these others.
Aurelian William Ware

bethink thee, that if he fall in that holy conflict, he is assured of Heaven.
One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt

bethink thee, therefore, what manner of man thou art, rather than of whom thou wast born.
Stories From Livy Alfred Church

bethink you of a certain picture that the lady Asti showed you in the water, and mock not.
Morning Star H. Rider Haggard

And now I bethink me, those poachers’ tatters sit very ill on your long carcass.
Humphrey Bold Herbert Strang

Might he not bethink himself, and come again, and say he was sorry he had so left her?
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald

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 stay, now I bethink me, there is one thing reckoned not upon—the priest.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle

But bethink you a moment if ye have strength and wish to follow.
The Sign Of The Red Cross Evelyn Everett-Green

Be it so; only, bethink you that one of us will infallibly be killed.
A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov

verb (archaic or dialect) -thinks, -thinking, -thought
to cause (oneself) to consider or meditate
(transitive) often foll by of. to remind (oneself)
v.

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

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