- to help; assist; serve; avail.
Origin of bestead1
- Archaic. placed or situated, often unfavorably or in difficulty.
Origin of bestead2
1300–50; Middle English bisted, bistad, equivalent to bi be- + sted, variant of stad placed < Old Norse staddr, past participle of stethja to place, derivative of stathr place
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Examples from the Web for bestead
Oh, sure never was a poor maid so bestead with blind men—well, fetch thy beechnuts.Standish of Standish</p>
Jane G. Austin
Word Origin and History for bestead
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