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stead

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noun \ˈsted\

Definition of stead

  1. 1 obsolete :  locality, place

  2. 2 :  advantage —used chiefly in the phrase to stand one in good stead

  3. 3 :  the office, place, or function ordinarily occupied or carried out by someone or something else <acted in his brother's stead>



Examples of stead in a sentence

  1. <a summer internship will stand you in good stead when applying to college>



Origin and Etymology of stead

Middle English stede, from Old English; akin to Old High German stat place, Old English standan to stand — more at stand


First Known Use: before 12th century


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stead

transitive verb

Definition of stead

  1. :  to be of avail to :  help



13th Century

First Known Use of stead

13th century

Rhymes with stead



STEAD Defined for Kids

stead

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noun \ˈsted\

Definition of stead for Students

  1. 1 :  advantage Hint: This sense of stead is used mostly in the phrase stand someone in good stead. <Buck's marvellous quickness and agility stood him in good stead. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>

  2. 2 :  the place usually taken or duty carried out by the person or thing mentioned <I'll work in your stead.>





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