stand someone/something in good stead

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of stand someone/something in good stead

formal
: to be useful or helpful to someone or something
  • His language skills will stand him in good stead when he is traveling.

Word by Word Definitions

stand play
  1. : to support oneself on the feet in an erect position

  2. : to be a specified height when fully erect

  3. : to rise to an erect position

  1. : a halt for defense or resistance

  2. : an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success

  3. : a stop made to give a performance

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

good play
  1. : of a favorable character or tendency

  2. : bountiful, fertile

  3. : handsome, attractive

  1. : something that is good

  2. : something conforming to the moral order of the universe

  3. : praiseworthy character : goodness

  1. : well

  2. used as an intensive

stead play
  1. : locality, place

  2. : advantage

  3. : the office, place, or function ordinarily occupied or carried out by someone or something else

  1. : to be of avail to : help


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