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.]

They shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: . . . and curse their king and their God. Is. viii. 21.

Many far worse bestead than ourselves. Barrow.

2.

To put in peril; to beset.

[Only in p. p.]

Chaucer.

3.

To serve; to assist; to profit; to avail.

Milton.

 

© Webster 1913.

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