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Jan 20, 2011
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intromit
remonstrate
execrate
betide
expostulate

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betide

PRONUNCIATION:
(bi-TYD)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To happen.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English tidan (happen), from tid (time). Often used in the phrase "woe betide". Earliest documented use: 1297.

USAGE:
"Whatever betided at the end of Mitt Romney's term and whatever betides in the future, that shouldn't be forgotten."
David A. Mittell Jr.; As the Good Times Roll; Providence Journal (Rhode Island); May 17, 2007.

See more usage examples of betide in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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