1. simple past tense and past participle of bethink.

verb (used with object), be·thought, be·think·ing.

  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), be·thought, be·think·ing.

  1. Archaic. to consider; meditate.


  1. the past tense and past participle of bethink

verb -thinks, -thinking or -thought archaic, or dialect

  1. to cause (oneself) to consider or meditate
  2. (tr often foll by of) to remind (oneself)

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

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