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From Middle English betechen, from Old English betǣċan (to make over, give up to impart, deliver, entrust, commend to, betroth, appoint (for), set apart as, dedicate, show, point out, give orders, pursue, hunt), corresponding to be- +‎ teach.



beteach (third-person singular simple present beteaches, present participle beteaching, simple past and past participle betaught)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To show; point out.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To give; hand over; deliver up; yield.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To hand over as a trust; intrust; commend, commit (someone), usually as a wish expressed on departing; recommend to the care of; give charge to.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VI:
      So he toke his horse and betaughte hem all to God [...].
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To commit or commend (one), by the expression of a wish, to (God, the devil, etc.).
    to beteach one good day
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To allot; assign.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To teach; instruct.