from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause (oneself) to reflect on or consider.
- transitive v. To remind (oneself); remember.
- intransitive v. Archaic To meditate; ponder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To think about, to recollect.
- v. To think of (something or somebody) or that (+ clause); to remind oneself, to consider, to reflect upon.
- v. to meditate, ponder; to consider
- v. to determine, resolve
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To think; to recollect; to consider.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To think; imagine.
- To think about; reflect upon; consider.
- Reflexively: To call to mind; take into consideration; remind one's self: with of (formerly also on or upon) before the name of the object of thought.
- To reflect; deliberate; commune with one's self.
- To deliberate; consider.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause oneself to consider something
- v. consider or ponder something carefully
Middle English bithinken, from Old English bethencan; see tong- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bethenken, bithenchen "to think about, consider" from Old English beþenċan, biþenċan "to think upon, remind, consider, remember" from Proto-Germanic *bi- + *þankijanan (“to think about”), equivalent to be- + think. Akin to Old High German pidenchan "to bethink" (German bedenken "to bethink"), Gothic (biþagkjan), Dutch bedenken "to bethink". More at be-, think. (Wiktionary)