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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: cause oneself to consider something
2: consider or ponder something carefully; "She bethought her of their predicament"

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (bethought; -thinking) Date: before 12th century 1. a. remember, recall b. to cause (oneself) to be reminded 2. to cause (oneself) to consider

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.refl. (past and past part. bethought) (foll. by of, how, or that + clause) formal 1 reflect; stop to think. 2 be reminded by reflection. Etymology: OE bithencan f. Gmc (as BE-, THINK)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bethink Be*think", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bethought; p. pr. & vb. n. Bethinking.] [AS. be?encan; pref. be- + ?encan to think. See Think.] To call to mind; to recall or bring to recollection, reflection, or consideration; to think; to consider; -- generally followed by a reflexive pronoun, often with of or that before the subject of thought. I have bethought me of another fault. --Shak. The rest . . . may . . . bethink themselves, and recover. --Milton. We bethink a means to break it off. --Shak. Syn: To recollect; remember; reflect.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bethink Be*think", v. i. To think; to recollect; to consider. ``Bethink ere thou dismiss us.'' --Byron.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

be-think' (heshibh 'el lebh, "to lay to heart," hence, "recall to mind"): Anglo-Saxon word used only in seventh petition of Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple. If the people, carried into captivity, because of sin, should "take it to heart," then God (he prayed) would hear and forgive (1Ki 8:47; 2Ch 6:37). A choice illustration of the mental and heart process in reflection, repentance and conversion.



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