Betake

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Betake To commend or intrust to; to commit to.
    • Betake To have recourse to; to apply; to resort; to go; -- with a reflexive pronoun. "They betook themselves to treaty and submission.""The rest, in imitation, to like arms Betook them.""Whither shall I betake me, where subsist?"
    • Betake To take or seize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • betake To seize; take hold of; take.
    • betake Reflexively, to take one's self (to); repair; resort; have recourse.
    • betake To take one's self.
    • betake Same as beteach.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Betake be-tāk′ to take one's self to, to go (with self): to apply or have recourse
    • pa.t Betake betook′; pa.p. betāk′en
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. be-, + take,

Usage

In literature:

Constans found the solution of his problem by betaking himself to the house-tops.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
Do you betake yourselves for light, But strangely misinterpret all you hear.
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
With the return of smooth water they were able to betake themselves to rest.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
So they were permitted to betake themselves apart.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Thus doth God defend the hearts of all honest Christians that betake themselves to his tuition.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various
Betaking ourselves to a gondola, we passed down the Giudecca, Canal.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Betake yourself to America, where you will find the fountain of modern knowledge.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
On its return it would naturally betake itself to her room again.
"Captain Dieppe" by Anthony Hope
Policy would have dictated that he should betake himself to his hotel and endure his sickness alone.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
And whither, then, would the Macdermots betake themselves?
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

"He who comes at candlelight,
That should come before,
Must betake him to the night
From a barred door."
"Love Came Back At Fall O' Dew" by Lizette Woodworth Reese
And whene'er a storm portended
He'd betake himself below.
So much fear and courage blended
Did a pirate ever show?
"The Pirate Poodle" by Carolyn Wells
Betakes him to the secret bower;
His footsteps softly move;
Impell'd by every tender power,
He steals upon his love.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
"Sounds no wrangler yet has heard,
Our posterity shall fright:
E'en 'the Eagle,' valiant bird,
Shall betake itself to flight."
"Julia" by E W Bowling
What if ma belle from favor fell,
And I made up my mind to shake her,
Would Lydia, then,
Come back again
And to her quondam flame betake her?
"Horace And Lydia Reconciled" by Eugene Field
For shame return, the low pursuit give o'er,
And home, with penitence, thyself betake;
Part not with heaven to obtain a whore:
Esau wou'd not so bad a bargain make!
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard