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betide definition

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This page has two definitions of betide in English. Betide is a verb. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English

Etymology

From Middle English bityden [and other forms];[1] from bi- (prefix forming verbs, usually with a completive, figurative, or intensive sense)[2] + tyden (to come about, happen, occur; to befall, become of, happen to (someone); to be the fate of (someone); to await (someone); to fare, get along);[3] tyden is derived from Old English tīdan (to befall, betide, happen), from tīd (time; season; hour) (ultimately either from Proto-Indo-European *deh₂- (to divide, share) or *dī- (time)) + -an (suffix forming the infinitive of most verbs).[4] The English word is analysable as be- +‎ tide ((obsolete) to happen, occur).

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Verb

betide (third-person singular simple present betides, present participle betiding, simple past and past participle betid or betided) (dated, literary)

  1. (transitive) Often used in a prediction (chiefly in woe betide) or a wish: to happen to (someone or something); to befall.
  2. (intransitive) Chiefly in the third person: to happen; to take place; to bechance, to befall.
    Synonyms: (archaic) betime, come to pass, occur, (obsolete) tide, transpire; see also Thesaurus:happen

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References

  1. ^ bitīden, v.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. ^ bi-, pref.(2)”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  3. ^ tīden, v.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  4. ^ Compare “betide, v.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “betide, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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