Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense and past participle of bethink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Intended; purposed; contrived.
  • adj. Minded; disposed.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bethink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of bethink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit and past participle of bethink.

Etymologies

From bethink, equivalent to be- +‎ thought. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Martin bethought himself of the numerous occasions on which he had met Judge Blount at the Morses 'and when Judge Blount had not invited him to dinner.

    Chapter 43

  • He started and half reached for an open drawer where must have reposed a revolver, then bethought himself and growled, 'This is no bank.'

    Local Color

  • He went away, and then he bethought him of some other little word with Job.

    Mary Barton

  • The other day, desiring a sort of snack to calm the rumblings of hunger, I bethought myself to consider the possibility of a bagel.

    skzbrust: Bagelfail

  • Ole Ericsen bethought himself of a large piece of sheet steel in the empty hold.

    Charley's Coup

  • In the meantime, Bill had bethought himself of the rifle.

    The Hunger Cry

  • Just as I was leaving, my arms full of lunch and my pockets bulging with fat woolen socks, she bethought herself of a nephew, or uncle, or relative of some sort, who was in the railway mail service, and who, moreover, would come through that night on the very train on which I was going to steal my ride.

    Confession

  • Finally the nurse came for the reluctant child and the hostess bethought herself:

    DARKWATER

  • I bethought me of my first meeting with Feynman, when he asked me if I knew calculus, and I admitted I didn't.

    Herman Wouk: The Language God Talks: The Back Story

  • Hereupon I bethought me of looking immediately before my nose, and there, sure enough, confronting me at the table sat a personage nondescript, although not altogether indescribable.

    Archive 2008-12-01

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  • His eyes bethought themselves once more. Witless shellfish swam in the gross lenses to and fro, seeking outlet.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 7

    January 2, 2007