from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To permit; allow; suffer.
  • v. To grant, vouchsafe (something to someone); accord; give.
  • v. To bestow; afford; allow; deign.
  • v. To bring forth; produce; shed.
  • v. To pour all about.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To give ; to bestow; to grant; to accord; to consent.
  • transitive v. To allow; to permit; to suffer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring forth; produce; shed.
  • To allow; permit; suffer.
  • To vouchsafe; accord; give.


From be- +‎ teem (“to befit”). Cognate with Dutch betamen ("to befit, behove, beseem"). (Wiktionary)
From be- +‎ teem (“to produce”). (Wiktionary)
From be- +‎ teem (“to empty, pour”). (Wiktionary)


  • He would not 'beteem the winds of heaven' to 'Visit her face too roughly', Hamlet recalls.



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