\ ˈsted \

Definition of stead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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


a summer internship will stand you in good stead when applying to college

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Realmuto was penciled in as the starting first baseman, but Derek Dietrich started there in stead. Matthew Defranks,, "Marlins pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara to make major-league debut Friday," 27 June 2018 In-stead the focus is on the beach and the languid turquoise waters beyond. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018 In their stead stood a leggy bay colt, Count Fleet, who would catch the public’s fancy and offer an escape, however brief, from the perils of the day. Mike Klingaman,, "75 years ago, Count Fleet was a true sports hero — and Triple Crown winner," 19 May 2018 The Prince was asked by his daughter-in-law to accompany her to the altar in her father's stead. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles and Camilla Coordinate in Pink for the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Rozier starts in Irving's stead and is averaging 18.2 points and 5.8 assists this postseason. Joe Vardon,, "Kyrie Irving is gone from Cavaliers, but definitely not forgotten in Eastern Conference finals," 10 May 2018 The Spanish tactician could put himself in good stead to lead the team into the next campaign with an impressive result in this fixture., "Sevilla vs Real Madrid Preview: Recent Form, Previous Encounter, Team News, Predictions & More," 8 May 2018 Revenue neutral versus a boatload of new investment Despite what its opponents on the left often said, in terms of its income effects, 732 was progressive — strongly so, maybe more so than the policy now being proposed in its stead. David Roberts, Vox, "Washington votes no on a carbon tax — again," 6 Nov. 2018 Esser, for example, offers a flexible refund policy, where guests can get a full refund after cancelling if someone else re-books any or all of those nights in their stead. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb's Longest-Serving Hosts on the First Decade of Home-Sharing," 30 Aug. 2018

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 1


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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\ ˈsted \

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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