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bestead

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adjective be·stead \bi-ˈsted\

Definition of bestead

archaic

  1. :  situated

Variants of bestead

or

bested

Origin and Etymology of bestead

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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bestead

verb be·stead

Definition of bestead

besteaded

bestead

besteading

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  help

  3. 2 archaic :  to be useful to :  avail

Origin and Etymology of bestead

be- + stead


First Known Use: 1578


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