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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 Without an infusion of talent at wide receiver in his stead, the New England Patriots' passing attack risks the same fate. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2021: 10 WR prospects who could help Patriots fill void left by Julian Edelman," 13 Apr. 2021 Benson's office offered Elections Director Jonathan Brater to appear in her stead, but Oversight Committee Chairman Ed McBroom, a Republican, insisted that Benson be present too. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Michigan secretary of state declines invite to testify about 2020 election," 5 Apr. 2021 Compromised Skills Even when teams are largely in good stead and conflict is not a concern, communication has been severely impaired. Candice Gottlieb-clark, Forbes, "Planning A Return To Work? These Three Issues Could Blindside Your Business," 12 Apr. 2021 But its long history of medical research has stood it in relatively good stead during the pandemic. The Economist, "Revolutionary drugs Cuba may become the smallest country to make covid-19 vaccines," 10 Apr. 2021 For each peaceful protest the city hosts, an equally outraged gathering seems to appear in its stead. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "KKK fliers, White Lives Matter rally: Huntington Beach confronts ‘storm of hate’," 9 Apr. 2021 In their stead, almost immediately, came a company called Callisto Sporting SARL, a subsidiary of an investment firm called Merlyn Partners. New York Times, "A French Soccer Team Clings to First Place as the Bottom Falls Out," 2 Apr. 2021 The current reality, Norris added, is that many property owners are tearing down existing homes in these zones already, and the changes could entice them to keep more or build additional housing units in their stead. The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘Gentrification has arrived in Salt Lake City,’ and it’s wreaking havoc," 14 Mar. 2021 The result was poetic and deeply emotional, one that stands Jones in good stead for seasons to come. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, "At Fendi Couture, a Supermodel Primer for Fresh-From-the-Shower Hair," 27 Jan. 2021 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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26 Apr 2021

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“Stead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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