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bestead1

[bih-sted] /bɪˈstɛd/
verb (used with object), besteaded, besteaded or bestead, besteading.
1.
to help; assist; serve; avail.
Origin of bestead1
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85; be- + stead

bestead2

[bih-sted] /bɪˈstɛd/
adjective
1.
Archaic. placed or situated, often unfavorably or in difficulty.
Origin
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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  • Oh, sure never was a poor maid so bestead with blind men—well, fetch thy beechnuts.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
Word Origin and History for bestead
v.

"to help, support, prop," 1580s, from be- + stead (v.); see stead.

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