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stead

[sted] /stɛd/
noun
1.
the place of a person or thing as occupied by a successor or substitute:
The nephew of the queen came in her stead.
2.
Obsolete. a place or locality.
verb (used with object)
3.
to be of service, advantage, or avail to.
Idioms
4.
stand in good stead, to be useful to, especially in a critical situation:
Your experience will stand you in good stead.
Origin of stead
900
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
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  • Perhaps, some other he might have let suffer in his stead—not her!

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • We must not envy him on account of them, nor begrudge them to him, nor wish that we had them in his stead.

  • He drew the cane out of the sand, thrusting the stick down in its stead.

  • Boabdil motioned to the Moor to withdraw, and an alfaqui advanced in his stead.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I want to come hame as her dochter, no as mistress o' the hoose in her stead.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for stead

stead

/stɛd/
noun
1.
(preceded by in) (rare) the place, function, or position that should be taken by another: to come in someone's stead
2.
stand someone in good stead, to be useful or of good service to (someone)
verb
3.
(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

Stead

/stɛd/
noun
1.
Christina (Ellen). 1902–83, Australian novelist. Her works include Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), The Man who Loved Children (1940), and Cotters' England (1966)
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Word Origin and History for stead
n.

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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Idioms and Phrases with stead
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