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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

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During that time he's netted 42 goals in 96 appearances, but has found first-team opportunities limited this season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting to field Marcus Rashford in his stead., "Report: Inter Offers Man United 2-Year Lukaku Loan With Obligation to Buy," 27 June 2019 By far the biggest uncertainty, perhaps the only one, therefore concerns who the Democrats send out to face him in her stead. The Economist, "Donald Trump launches his re-election campaign," 20 June 2019 Shanahan was planning to go, and defense officials have not yet said whether Esper will travel in his stead. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "Trump says he will ‘most likely’ nominate his Army secretary to run the Pentagon," 19 June 2019 In their stead, Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne are living up to expectations, and helping to attract more viewers than before. Raymond Mora,, "WNBA’s TV ratings are rising fast in 2019," 12 June 2019 In February 1952, King George VI of England died of lung cancer, leaving his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, to rule in his stead. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Remarkably Close Relationship With Her Father, King George VI," 5 Feb. 2019 Placed in the stead of the Bern Archaeological Service by two treasure hunters who made the discovery near the municipality of Prêles, the antiquities confounded experts. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "3,500-Year-Old Swiss Relic Might Be Europe's Oldest Bronze Sculpture," 26 Sep. 2018 The Padres bullpen – all of it – strung together 11 scoreless innings in the stead of struggling starter Clayton Richard. Kevin Acee,, "Wil Myers' homer matters this time, Padres down Diamondbacks in 16," 8 July 2018 Madame Woo is great at cutting, which stands her in good stead for this latest turn in fashion. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Ungendered Suiting, Hanbok Tradition, and #MeToo Surfaced at Seoul Fashion Week—Sarah Mower Reports," 23 Oct. 2018

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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 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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food or victuals

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