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bethink

Syllabification: be·think
Pronunciation: /bəˈTHiNGk
 
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Definition of bethink in English:

verb (past and past participle bethought)

(bethink oneself) formal or archaic
Think on reflection; come to think: he bethought himself of the verse from the Book of Proverbs [with clause]: the council bethought itself that this plan would leave room for future expansion
More example sentences
  • 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 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.
  • I bethought myself to ask the rider whither - and I a mere beast!

Origin

Old English bithencan (see be-, think).

Words that rhyme with bethink

blink, brink, chink, cinque, clink, dink, drink, fink, Frink, gink, ink, interlink, jink, kink, link, mink, pink, plink, prink, rink, shrink, sink, skink, slink, stink, sync, think, wink, zinc

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