American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause (oneself) to reflect on or consider.
- v. To remind (oneself); remember.
- v. Archaic To meditate; ponder.
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.
- v. obsolete, transitive To think about, to recollect.
- v. pronominal 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
ofor thatbefore the subject of thought.
- v. To think; to recollect; to consider.
- v. cause oneself to consider something
- v. consider or ponder something carefully
- 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)
- Middle English bithinken, from Old English bethencan; see tong- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But you," I demanded hotly; "you with your orgies of sound and sense, with your mad cities and madder frolics — bethink you that you win?”
“Consider thyself, Hereward, and bethink thee what thou art.”
““Keep thy voice low and submissive, I have told thee a score of times,” said the leader, “and lower thine axe, which, as I bethink me, thou hadst better leave in the outer apartment.””
““An excellent motion, my ingenious friend,” said Lascaris, which was the name of the other citizen; “but bethink you, shall we not be in danger from the missiles with which the audacious Latins will not fail to return the Greek fire, if, according to your conjecture, it shall be poured upon them by the Imperial squadron?””
“Now go, my child, and tarry not; and soon as thou hast made the offering at the tomb, bethink thee of thy return.”
““Cousin,” said the Lady Hameline, “I believe with you that the youth means us well — but bethink you — we transgress the instructions of King Louis, so positively iterated.””
“I am not so void of sense; bethink thee, I shall go through this as well, when I lead the maiden from the chamber to the sound of the marriage-hymn; wherefore I chide thee not; but custom will combine with time to make the smart grow less.”
“And thou art he, too, as I bethink me, to whom the Christian princes sent this very criminal to open a communication with the Soldan, even while I, who ought to have been first consulted, lay on my sick-bed?”
““Good Nectabanus, bethink thyself,” said the knight.”
“Lo! where himself doth come, thy son Hippolytus, in good time; dismiss thy hurtful rage, King Theseus, and bethink thee what is best for thy house,”
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based on quote by Hesychius of Batos thornbush
who it is believed lived sometime between 700 and 900 AD
The heart that is freed from imaginings ends up by producing in itself hol...
These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
Tubey or not tubey.
Hecko, words! I’m so happy I’ve found you. I want to keep you all and never want to lose you again. I hope you like it here.
Words gathered while reading To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.
words to chew on: to try to gain a clue on
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