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stead

noun \ ˈsted \
Updated on: 11 Apr 2018

Definition of stead

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

Examples of stead in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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

verb

Definition of stead

: to be of avail to : help

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First Known Use of stead

13th century



STEAD Defined for Kids

stead

noun \ ˈsted \

Definition of stead for Students

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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