verb (used with object), be·took, be·tak·en, be·tak·ing.

  1. to cause to go (usually used reflexively): She betook herself to town.
  2. Archaic. to resort or have recourse to.

verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken (tr)

  1. betake oneself to go; move
  2. archaic to apply (oneself) to

c.1200, from be- + take. Related: Betook; betaken.

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