Origin of besteadMiddle English bistad from bi, be- + stad, placed from Old Norse staddr, past participle of stethja, to fix, place
transitive verb-·stead′ed, -·stead′, -·stead′ing
Origin of besteadMiddle English bistad placed bi- be- -stad ( ultimately from Old Norse staddr placed ) ( past participle of stedhja to stop ) ( from stadhr place ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present besteads, present participle besteading, simple past besteaded, past participle bestead)
From be- + stead (“to support, help”).
(third-person singular simple present besteads, present participle besteading, simple past and past participle besteaded)
From be- + stead (“place”).
From be- + Old Norse staddr (“placed”), later assimilated to Etymology 1, above.