1 of 2


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


2 of 2


steaded; steading; steads

transitive verb

: to be of avail to : help

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
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But Oklahoma still wasn’t quite at full strength, as center Rick Issanza, who started in Tanner Groves’ stead against Kansas State, as well as guard Marvin Johnson both entered health and safety protocols. Dallas News, 4 Jan. 2022 Rhodes stead, opposite of third-year cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Sep. 2021 In the security forces’ stead, the government has once more looked to local militias to fill the gaps, a move reminiscent of the chaotic and ethnically divided civil war of the 1990s that many Afghans now fear will return. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 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, 31 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History



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


13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Stead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: advantage sense 3, service
their knowledge of French stood them in good stead
: the place usually taken or duty carried out by the one mentioned
acted in the mayor's stead

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