Middle English bested, from be- + sted, past participle of steden to place, from stede place — more at stead entry 1
be- + stead
13th century, in the meaning defined above
1589, in the meaning defined at sense 2
“Bestead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bestead. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.
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