bestead

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[ bih-sted ]
/ bɪˈstɛd /

verb (used with object), be·stead·ed, be·stead·ed or be·stead, be·stead·ing.

to help; assist; serve; avail.

Origin of bestead

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First recorded in 1575–85; be- + stead

Definition for bestead (2 of 2)

bestead

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[ bih-sted ]
/ bɪˈstɛd /

adjective

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

Origin of bestead

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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|Jane G. Austin