be·​take bi-ˈtāk How to pronounce betake (audio)
betook bi-ˈtu̇k How to pronounce betake (audio) ; betaken bi-ˈtā-kən How to pronounce betake (audio) ; betaking

transitive verb

archaic : commit
: to cause (oneself) to go

Examples of betake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the concerts a huge mob betook itself to various drinking places. Kurt Chandler,, 16 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of betake was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Betake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


be·​take bi-ˈtāk How to pronounce betake (audio)
betook -ˈtu̇k How to pronounce betake (audio) ; betaken -ˈtā-kən How to pronounce betake (audio) ; betaking
: to cause (oneself) to go
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