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v. be·thought (-thôt′), be·think·ing, be·thinks
1. To cause (oneself) to reflect on or consider.
2. To remind (oneself); remember.
v.intr. Archaic
To meditate; ponder.

[Middle English bithinken, from Old English bethencan; see tong- in Indo-European roots.]
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the past tense and past participle of bethink
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v.t. -thought, -think•ing.
1. to cause (oneself) to consider.
2. to remind (oneself).
3. to recall.
[before 1000]
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References in classic literature ?
He then bethought him of his horn, Which hung down at his knee; He set his horn unto his mouth, And blew out weak blasts three.
He bethought himself of a pair of ear-bobs: it was true, the patriarch's better-half was of an age and appearance that seemed to put personal vanity out of the question, but when is personal vanity extinct?
He bethought him of a hatchet, which might be spared from his slender stores.
Thus perceiving a taste for a certain modern style of poetry in my companion, I bethought me of a poem which I had written on the roadside a few days before, and which, I confess, I was eager to confide to some sympathetic ear.
When the brother heard of all this, and how a turnip had made the gardener so rich, he envied him sorely, and bethought himself how he could contrive to get the same good fortune for himself.
And she bethought her of a phrase to pay him back for the pain he had given her.
Next, I bethought me, despite the earliness of the hour, of going to see Mr.
Then he bethought him that there was one beside him who was fitter to judge on such a matter.
Then I bethought me of a crutch, the shape being much the same, and I borrowed one in the village, and displayed it to my sister with considerable confidence.
Then he suddenly bethought him of his little bell, and taking it out of his pocket he rang it once.
The officer bethought himself to have died on the battlefield, his lonely, invisible ghost now haunting the dwelling.