stead

noun
\ ˈsted How to pronounce stead (audio) \

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

stead

verb
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

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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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 The cultivation of independent thought and political-organizing skills would keep minority activists in good stead for generations. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass poetry names new chief; Nantucket bookstore turns 50," 22 June 2018 Realmuto was penciled in as the starting first baseman, but Derek Dietrich started there in stead. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "75 years ago, Count Fleet was a true sports hero — and Triple Crown winner," 19 May 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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stead

Noun

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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stead

noun
\ 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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