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Beteem \Be*teem"\, v. t. [Pref. be- + an old verb teem to be fitting; cf. D. betamen to beseem, G. ziemen, Goth. gatiman, and E. tame. See Tame, a.]

  1. To give; to bestow; to grant; to accord; to consent. [Obs.]
    --Spenser. Milton.

  2. To allow; to permit; to suffer. [Obs.]

    So loving to my mother, That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete English) To permit; allow; suffer. 2 (context transitive obsolete English) To grant, vouchsafe (something to someone); accord; give. 3 (context transitive dialectal English) To bestow; afford; allow; deign. Etymology 2

vb. (context transitive obsolete English) To bring forth; produce; shed. Etymology 3

vb. (context transitive rare English) To pour all about.