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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.