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to help; assist; serve; avail.
Archaic. placed or situated, often unfavorably or in difficulty.
Historical Examples

Oh, sure never was a poor maid so bestead with blind men—well, fetch thy beechnuts.
Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin


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

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


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