from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be of service to; aid.
- transitive v. To be of use to; avail.
- adj. Having been placed; located.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To help, assist.
- v. To profit; benefit; serve; avail.
- v. To take the place of; replace.
- adj. Placed (in a given situation); beset.
- adj. Disposed mentally; affected.
- adj. Provided; furnished.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put in a certain situation or condition; to circumstance; to place.
- transitive v. To put in peril; to beset.
- transitive v. To serve; to assist; to profit; to avail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To help; assist.
- To profit; benefit; serve; avail.
- To take the place of.
- See bested.
Probably be- + stead, to help. Adj., from Middle 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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From be- + stead (“to support, help”). (Wiktionary)
From be- + stead (“place”). (Wiktionary)
From be- + Old Norse staddr ("placed"), later assimilated to Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)