American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In good time; early: "A beneficent microclimate brings out the camellias betimes” ( John Russell).
- adv. Once in a while; on occasion.
- adv. Archaic Quickly; soon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Seasonably; in good season or time; before it is too late; early.
- Soon; in a short time.
- Occasionally; at times.
- Synonyms Early, Soon, Betimes. See early.
- adv. in good time
- Middle English bitimes, from bi ("by") + time and adverbial -s. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bitimes : bi, by; see by1 + time, time; see time + -es, adv. suff.; see -s3. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They concluded that his resurrection would be his entrance upon his kingdom, and therefore were resolved to put in betimes for the best place; nor would they lose it for want of speaking early.”
“Those that will go abroad with Christ must begin betimes with him, early in the morning of their days, must begin every day with him, seek him early, seek him diligently.”
“When a day's work is to be done for God and souls it is good to begin betimes, and take the day before us.”
“And it is good to begin betimes with children, to teach them, as they are capable, the good knowledge of the Lord, and to instruct them even when they are but newly weaned from the milk.”
“It is good to begin betimes with the necessary restraints of children from that which is evil, before vicious habits are confirmed.”
“An exhortation to young people to begin betimes to be religious and not to put it off to old age (ver. 1), enforced with arguments taken from the calamities of old age (ver. 1-5) and the great change that death will make upon us, ver.”
“If the calamities of age will be such as are here represented, we shall have need of something to support and comfort us then, and nothing will be more effectual to do that than the testimony of our consciences for us that we begin betimes to remember our Creator and have not since laid aside the remembrance of him.”
“A serious admonition to prepare for death and judgment, and to begin betimes, even in the days of our youth, to do so, ver.”
“Phoebe contributed little to the talk, as a good deal of it was in Dutch and she felt sure that anything she might have to say would bear little weight with Corina, She offered more coffee, undertook to see that both her guests would be called betimes and asked diffidently if she could help Corina to pack.”
“The situation involved is gathered up betimes, that is in the second chapter of Book”
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