Besteaded
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]

They shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: . . . and curse their king and their God. --Is. viii. 21. [1913 Webster]

Many far worse bestead than ourselves. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

2. To put in peril; to beset.

Note: [Only in p. p.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. To serve; to assist; to profit; to avail. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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

  • Bestad — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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

  • Bested — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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 — [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

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