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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 But Stanley has graduated now, leaving Spencer Petras in his stead. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers to face new Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras on Friday at TCF Bank Stadium," 13 Nov. 2020 But by 320,000 years ago, around 85 percent of the mammal species in this region disappeared, and a menagerie of modern critters with smaller bodies popped up in their stead. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Surprising leap in ancient human technology tied to environmental upheaval," 21 Oct. 2020 In its stead, Webber decided to record and release the original cast recording prior to the show hitting the stage. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hear the first single from Andrew Lloyd Webber's new Cinderella musical," 31 Oct. 2020 Flower, however, has been absent since the board began correcting ballots last week, and in his stead, Shore has been leading the board. Andrew Pantazi, USA TODAY, "Florida judge leading a vote-counting board donated to Trump 12 times, breaking judicial rules," 29 Oct. 2020 The redshirt senior has played in only two games and Chauncey Monae and Tyler Guidry have held the rope in his stead. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s game against Louisiana," 23 Oct. 2020 Paxton brought on an outside lawyer in early September to act in their stead. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Texas AG Ken Paxton says he didn’t want to stop investigation into complaint lodged by campaign donor," 13 Oct. 2020 In his stead, Utah State transfer Henry Colombi made his Texas Tech debut. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "5 takeaways from Texas Tech’s 31-21 loss to Kansas State, including more special teams blunders," 4 Oct. 2020 In the film, the Ginsburg character attended her husband's classes in his stead. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Ginsburg cared for her young child, sick husband while excelling in law school," 30 Sep. 2020 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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Cite this Entry

“Stead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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