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verb (used with object), be·stead·ed, be·stead·ed or be·stead, be·stead·ing.
  1. to help; assist; serve; avail.
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Origin of bestead1

First recorded in 1575–85; be- + stead


  1. Archaic. placed or situated, often unfavorably or in difficulty.
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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

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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


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

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