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1stead

noun \ˈsted\

Definition of STEAD

1
obsolete :  locality, place
2
:  advantage —used chiefly in the phrase to stand one in good stead
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

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

Origin 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

Rhymes with STEAD

2stead

transitive verb

Definition of STEAD

:  to be of avail to :  help

First Known Use of STEAD

13th century
STEAD Defined for Kids

stead

noun \ˈsted\

Definition of STEAD for Kids

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

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