Etymology
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bestead (v.)

1580s, "to help, support, prop," also "to profit, benefit," from be- + stead (v.); see stead.

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besprinkle (v.)

"to sprinkle over," mid-15c., from be- + sprinkle (v.). Related: Besprinkled; besprinkling.

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bespatter (v.)

"soil by splashing with dirty liquid," 1640s, from be- + spatter (v.). Related: Bespattered; bespattering.

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bedazzle (v.)

"to blind by excess of light," 1590s, from be- + dazzle (v.). Also figurative. Related: Bedazzled; bedazzling.

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becloud (v.)

1590s, "cover with clouds," from be- + cloud. The figurative sense of "to obscure" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Beclouded; beclouding.

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benumb (v.)

"deprive of sensation," late 15c., from be- + numb. Originally of mental states; of the physical body from 1520s. Related: Benumbed; benumbing.

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begird (v.)

Middle English bigirden, from Old English begyrdan "to gird, clothe; surround, fortify;" see be- + gird (v.). Related: Begirt.

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been (v.)

past participle of be. Dismissive slang phrase been there, done that attested from 1994 (been there "had the experience," usually of something disreputable, is from 1880s).

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befoul (v.)

"make foul, cover with filth," from Old English befylan; see be- + foul (v.). Related: Befouled; befouling.

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bestrew (v.)

"to scatter about, throw or drop here and there," Middle English bistreuen, from Old English bestreowian "besprinkle, scatter about;" see be- + strew (v.).

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