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bestead1

[bih-sted] /bɪˈstɛd/
verb (used with object), besteaded, besteaded or bestead, besteading.
1.
to help; assist; serve; avail.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; be- + stead

bestead2

[bih-sted] /bɪˈstɛd/
adjective
1.
Archaic. placed or situated, often unfavorably or in difficulty.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English bisted, bistad, equivalent to bi be- + sted, variant of stad placed < Old Norse staddr, past participle of stethja to place, derivative of stathr place
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Word Origin and History for bestead
v.

"to help, support, prop," 1580s, from be- + stead (v.); see stead.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bestead in the Bible

the rendering in Isa. 8:21, where alone it occurs, of a Hebrew word meaning to oppress, or be in circumstances of hardship.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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