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

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  • Bestead — Be*stead , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bestead} or {Bested}, also (Obs.) {Bestad}. In sense 3 imp. also {Besteaded}.] [Pref. be + stead a place.] 1. To put in a certain situation or condition; to circumstance; to place. [Only in p. p.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bestead — [bē sted′] adj. [ME bistad < bi,BE + stad, placed < ON staddr, pp. of stethja, to fix, place] Archaic situated; placed vt. besteaded, bestead, besteading Archaic to help; avail …   English World dictionary

  • bestead — index avail (be of use), promote (organize), situated Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bestead — I. adjective or bested Etymology: Middle English bested, from be + sted, past participle of steden to place, from stede place more at stead Date: 14th century archaic situated II. transitive verb (besteaded; …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bestead — bestead1 /bi sted /, v.t., besteaded, besteaded or bestead, besteading. to help; assist; serve; avail. [1575 85; BE + STEAD] bestead2 /bi sted /, adj. Archaic. placed or situated, often unfavorably or in difficulty. [1300 50; ME bisted, bistad,… …   Universalium

  • bestead — 1. verb To serve; to help, assist. even errours and dreames, doe profitably bestead her, as a loyall matter, to bring us unto safetie and contentment. 2. adjective Placed (in a given situation); beset …   Wiktionary

  • bestead — /bəˈstɛd/ (say buh sted), /bi / (say bee ) Obsolete –verb (t) (besteaded, bestead, besteading) 1. to help; assist; serve; avail. –adjective 2. placed; situated. {Middle English, from be + stead (verb) help, be of use to, from stead (noun) profit …   Australian English dictionary

  • Bestead —    The rendering in Isa. 8:21, where alone it occurs, of a Hebrew word meaning to oppress, or be in circumstances of hardship …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • bestead — part. [bistad] == happened. Wright’s L. P. p. 41 …   Oldest English Words

  • bestead — v. help, give assistance adj. endangered, in trouble (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

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