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simple past tense of betake.
to cause to go (usually used reflexively):
She betook herself to town.
Archaic. to resort or have recourse to.
Historical Examples

Waking up one morning from her dream, she betook herself to the old market of the Temple, and began to try and get her money back.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875 Various

So he dropped his claims, and betook himself to his own country or to Avignon.
The Red True Story Book Various

The three actors left the table and betook themselves to the brewery on the Rue Blondel.
Fromont and Risler, Complete Alphonse Daudet

They said, “Go on,” nodded their heads, and betook themselves to their horses.
The Story of a Mine Bret Harte

Mulberry opened the door and he and Gladys betook themselves from the study.
Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford

The rattle-snakes, too, betook themselves to the burrows, and so did the lizards and agamas.
The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid

He betook himself to this place of audience with great pomp.
Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould

It was late when we rose from conference, and I betook me to the princess’s apartments.
The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope

He betook himself to Prague, where he found credulous faith, favorable to his work of deception.
History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

With this consolation, he betook him to his bedroom, and proceeded to undress.
Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever

the past tense of betake
verb (transitive) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
betake oneself, to go; move
(archaic) to apply (oneself) to

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


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