bestead

adjective
be·​stead | \ bi-ˈsted How to pronounce bestead (audio) \
variants: or bested

Definition of bestead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic

bestead

verb
besteaded; bestead; besteading

Definition of bestead (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : help
2 archaic : to be useful to : avail

First Known Use of bestead

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bestead

Adjective

Middle English bested, from be- + sted, past participle of steden to place, from stede place — more at stead

Verb

be- + stead

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