Origin of bethinkMiddle English bithenchen ; from Old English bethencan: see be- and amp; think
verbbe·thought , be·think·ing, be·thinks
- To cause (oneself) to reflect on or consider.
- To remind (oneself); remember.
verb, intransitive Archaic
Origin of bethinkMiddle English bithinken, from Old English bethencan; see tong- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present bethinks, present participle bethinking, simple past and past participle bethought)
From Middle English bethenken, bithenchen (“to think about, consider”) from Old English beþenċan, biþenċan (“to think upon, remind, consider, remember”) from Proto-Germanic *bi- + *þankijaną (“to think about”), equivalent to be- + think. Akin to Old High German pidenchan (“to bethink”) (German bedenken (“to bethink”)), Gothic [script?] (biþagkjan), Dutch bedenken (“to bethink”). More at be-, think.