betide

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verb be·tide \bi-ˈtīd, bē-\

Definition of betide

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to happen especially as if by fate

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to happen to :  befall —used chiefly in the phrase woe betide woe betide our enemies

Examples of betide in a Sentence

  1. we will be happy in our new home, whatever may betide

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First Known Use of betide

12th century





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