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[sted] /stɛd/
the place of a person or thing as occupied by a successor or substitute:
The nephew of the queen came in her stead.
Obsolete. a place or locality.
verb (used with object)
to be of service, advantage, or avail to.
stand in good stead, to be useful to, especially in a critical situation:
Your experience will stand you in good stead.
Origin of stead
before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English stede; cognate with German Stätte place; akin to German Stadt, Old Norse stathr, Gothic staths, Greek stásis (see stasis); (v.) Middle English steden, derivative of the noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is under such an understanding with him that I am pleading his case in his stead.

    The Climbers Clyde Fitch
  • The dangerous imbecile, her son Paul I, reigned in her stead.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • When, however, this face plate is removed a nut d screws on in its stead, to protect the thread on the live spindle.

  • Would she be hanged in his stead, or would she receive a different kind of punishment?

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
British Dictionary definitions for stead


(preceded by in) (rare) the place, function, or position that should be taken by another: to come in someone's stead
stand someone in good stead, to be useful or of good service to (someone)
(transitive) (archaic) to help or benefit
Word Origin
Old English stede; related to Old Norse stathr place, Old High German stat place, Latin statiō a standing, statim immediately


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Word Origin and History for stead

Old English stede "place, position, standing, delay," related to standan "to stand," from Proto-Germanic *stadiz (cf. Old Saxon stedi, Old Norse staðr, Swedish stad, Dutch stede "place," Old High German stat, German Stadt "town," Gothic staþs "place"), from PIE *stetis-, from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Now chiefly in compounds or phrases. "The sense 'town, city' for G. Stadt is a late development from c.1200 when the term began to replace Burg" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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