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Princeton's WordNet

  1. early, betimesadverb

    in good time

    "he awoke betimes that morning"


  1. betimesadverb

    In good season or time; early, especially in the morning.

  2. betimesadverb

    In a short time, soon.

  3. Etymology: bitimes, from bi + time and adverbial -s.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Betime, Betimesadverb

    Etymology: from by and time; that is, by the proper time.

    Send succours, lords, and stop the rage betime. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

    To measure life, learn thou betimes, and know
    Toward solid good what leads the nearest way. Par. Reg.

    Whiles they are weak, betimes with them contend;
    For when they once to perfect strength do grow,
    Strong wars they make. Fairy Queen, b. ii. c. iv. st. 34.

    He tires betimes, that spurs too fast betimes. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    There be some have an over early ripeness in their years, which fadeth betimes: these are first, such as have brittle wits, the edge whereof is soon turned. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth; that is, enter upon a religious course betimes. John Tillotson, sermon i.

    Short is the date, alas! of modern rhymes;
    And ’tis but just to let them live betimes. Alexander Pope, Essay on Crit.

    He that drinks all night, and is hanged betimes in the morning, may sleep the sounder next day. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    They rose betimes in the morning, and offered sacrifice. 1 Macc. iv. 52.


  1. betimes

    Betimes is an adverb which means early or ahead of time, inconveniently soon or occasionally. It is typically used in literary, old-fashioned or archaic contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Betimesadverb

    in good season or time; before it is late; seasonably; early

  2. Betimesadverb

    in a short time; soon; speedily; forth with

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Betimes

    be-tīmz′, adv. in good time: early: seasonably: speedily. [Pfx. be-, and Time, with adv. gen. -s; like besides from beside.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of betimes in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of betimes in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of betimes in a Sentence

  1. Mahabharata:

    Death comes, and makes a man his prey, A man whose powers are yet unspent; Like one on gathering flowers intent, Whose thoughts are turned another way. Begin betimes to practise good, Lest fate surprise thee unawares Amid thy round of schemes and cares; To-morrow?s task to-day conclude.*

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Not a whit, we defy augury: there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all: since no man has aught of what he leaves, what is't to leave betimes?

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. abduct
    • B. abase
    • C. render
    • D. summon

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