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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

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 So when an attendant phones in sick or is left stranded in a stormy region, there’s no one left to staff the plane in their stead. Andrew Brinker,, 23 June 2022 Living recipients must agree to attend a presentation ceremony within two years of selection and relatives of deceased recipients need to show up in their stead. Rodney Ho, ajc, 21 June 2022 The tour marks the band’s first shows in their native UK since the death of beloved drummer Charlie Watts last summer, with replacement Steve Jordan on hand in his stead. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 13 June 2022 After Morris’ sudden death in February due to a pulmonary embolism, Blue Heart leaders wrestled with how to move the foundation forward in his stead. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 Gone is the legendary, labor-intensive bing bread, but in its stead are seasonal Korean pancakes, a quieter dining room and two chefs ready and raring to go. Kayla Samoy, Chicago Tribune, 8 June 2022 In the most notable defection, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent lower-ranking officials in his stead. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 8 June 2022 Jubilee festivities from home, with various other members of the Windsor clan appearing at events across the UK in her stead. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 4 June 2022 Then-President Trump skipped the summit’s previous session, in 2018 in Lima, Peru, sending Vice President Mike Pence in his stead. Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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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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“Stead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of stead

: the place usually taken or duty carried out by the person or thing mentioned I'll work in your stead.
stand someone or something in good stead
: to be useful or helpful to someone or something Buck's marvellous quickness and agility stood him in good stead.— Jack London, The Call of the Wild

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