stead

noun
\ ˈsted How to pronounce stead (audio) \

Definition of stead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the office, place, or function ordinarily occupied or carried out by someone or something else acted in his brother's stead
2 : advantage used chiefly in the phrase to stand one in good stead
3 obsolete : locality, place

stead

verb
steaded; steading; steads

Definition of stead (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be of avail to : help

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Examples of stead in a Sentence

Noun a summer internship will stand you in good stead when applying to college
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wade’s game started to age right at the turn of the decade, and with other explosive guards racking up the individual accolades in his stead, Wade finds himself on the third team. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Third Team," 16 Sep. 2019 So for the time being, until the next crisis, Brown is back and in good stead. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown follows the money and crisis is averted — until the next one," 20 Aug. 2019 In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 More will follow in her stead, surely, in frocks and velveteen coats, leaving Marc Jacobs’s stores with the pockets stuffed with stickers and key rings and fabulous little things. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“It Is About Pieces, Not Necessarily a Head-to-Toe Look”—The Story of Marc’s New Brand, The Marc Jacobs," 30 May 2019 To avoid being seen as dictating changes, Mr. Xi let loyal provincial and city leaders quietly promote the idea in his stead, the retired official said. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "How Xi Jinping Made His Power Grab: With Stealth, Speed and Guile," 7 Mar. 2018 For all the hype Three Billboards has gotten in its stead, McDonagh’s absence feels glaring. Eliza Berman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Oscar Nominations," 23 Jan. 2018 Trump, who sent Vice President Mike Pence to the country in his stead, responded Tuesday morning, shortly after Fox Business Network reported on Khan's remarks. NBC News, "Trump defends golf outings while attacking London mayor," 3 Sep. 2019 In his stead, Davis Mills was 7-for-14 for 81 yards and lost two fumbles. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Stanford wins opener vs. Northwestern, loses quarterback K.J. Costello," 31 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The festivities come at a time when residents in Seabrook are steading themselves for big changes when construction begins for the expansion of Texas 146. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Seabrook event carries special meaning this year," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of stead

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stead

Noun

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

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The first known use of stead was before the 12th century

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stead

noun
\ ˈsted How to pronounce stead (audio) \

Kids Definition of stead

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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