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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Bestead  \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. 
  Many  far  worse  bestead  than  ourselves  --Barrow. 
  2.  To  put  in  peril;  to  beset. 
  Note:  [Only  in  p.  p.]  --Chaucer. 
  3.  To  serve;  to  assist;  to  profit;  to  avail.  --Milton. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  the  rendering  in  Isa.  8:21,  where  alone  it  occurs,  of  a  Hebrew 
  word  meaning  to  oppress,  or  be  in  circumstances  of  hardship.