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

Definition of betake

transitive verb

1 archaic : commit
2 : 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,, "Son traces his father's steps through Europe, shares his impressions with the world," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of betake

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Betake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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