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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


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 In his stead, Gruden said the Raiders could use Keelan Doss, Darren Waller or Derek Carrier in the slot. Rusty Simmons,, "Raiders expect Hunter Renfrow to miss substantial time with rib injury," 25 Nov. 2019 Quincy Wilson appears to have gotten the promotion in his stead. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "T.Y. Hilton will play vs. Texans; Rock Ya-Sin inactive," 21 Nov. 2019 One of his former subordinates, Freddie Kitchens, excelled enough in his stead as a play-caller to become the head coach in Cleveland. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Former Browns OC Todd Haley rips Freddie Kitchens for Myles Garrett outburst: 'Comes back to coaching'," 17 Nov. 2019 Having initially gone to ground on the half-hour mark, the left back insisted on playing on after receiving treatment, only to signal to the bench to be substituted a few minutes later, with Sergi Roberto coming on in his stead., "Jordi Alba to Undergo Further Tests After Suffering Hamstring Injury in Dortmund Stalemate," 18 Sep. 2019 Yet a panel of scientists recommended shuttering the collider in the stead of two other nuclear physics facilities vying for the same funding. Quanta Magazine, "In LHC’s Shadow, America’s Collider Awakens," 6 Mar. 2015 Bergwall did in fact invite me to land the airplane in his stead. Wired, "Cirrus’ Private Jet Can Now Land Itself, No Pilot Needed," 31 Oct. 2019 McAleenan had suggested that the department’s top intelligence officer testify in his stead. Washington Post, "Acting homeland security secretary finally agrees to testify," 29 Oct. 2019 The Parks’ long-time housekeeper, Moon-gwang (Lee Jong-eun), is a tougher nut to crack, but eventually mom Chung-sook rules the Park roost in her stead., "Family ties (and lies) in dark comic masterpiece ‘Parasite’ - The Boston Globe," 18 Oct. 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


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


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stead


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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Cite this Entry

“Stead.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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