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Substitute: I. to clear a person of a charge, exculpate, excuse
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  • Nis nán man swá dyrstig on þám micclum dóme, þ æt hé durre óðerne betellan,

      Hml. Th. ii. 570, 35.
  • I a. generally reflexive,
absolute
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  • Búton hé þider férde and hine betealde,

      Chr. 1094; P. 228, 36.
  • Gewende hé tó Róme, þæt hé hine betealde, gif hé mihte. Þa betealde hé hine sweðe geáplíce,

      Hml. Th. i. 80, 9.
  • Hí hí sylfe earhlíce betealdon,

      Hml. S. 23, 308.
  • Se Hǽlend nolde hine betellan, ðeáh ðe hé unscyldig wǽre,

      Hml. Th. ii. 250, 11 : 420, 1.
to clear one's self from (æt), in the matter of (be) a charge, excuse one's self to (
wið) a person
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  • Godwine betealde hine wið Eádward be eallum ðám ðingan ðe him wæs on geléd,

      Chr. 1053; P. 183, 28. ꝥ hé móste hine betellan æt ǽlc þǽra þinga þe him man on léde, 1048 ; P. 175, 2. ꝥ hé
    é
to prove one's self innocent,
with adj.
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  • Hé hine betealde unsynnine,

      Hml. Th. ii. 226, 12.
with clause
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  • Hé betealde hine wið Eádward, þet hé wæs unscyldig,

      Chr. 1052 ; P. 183, 7.
to excuse a fault,
plead excuse for
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  • Hé ne mihte his mándǽda betellan,

      Hml. S. 9, 145.
Etymology
[N.E.D. be-tell.]
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