- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for stead
When Adele won Best Solo Pop Performance, Sediuk stormed the stage, attempting to accept the award in Adele's stead.An Analysis of Vitalii Sediuk’s Pranks (He’s the Guy Who Touched Brad Pitt)
May 29, 2014
Rather than saying a prayer, he asked those with ears to hear to say a prayer in his stead.Love Versus the ‘Liberal Gulag’
April 8, 2014
In his stead today is Mohamed Morsi, a member of a party whose slogan is “Islam is the solution.”Plague or Plenty? New Report Envisions the World in 2030
December 11, 2012
In the world of endless second chances, he will have to revive that plan or offer another one in its stead.Ryan Budget Plan Sounds Good But Lacks Substance
August 13, 2012
But hopefully we'll reach acceptance of the players in her stead, and eventually the tour will thrive once again.After a Stunning Loss at the French Open, Tennis Star Serena Williams Is No Longer Queen
June 1, 2012
Perhaps, some other he might have let suffer in his stead—not her!Within the Law
We must not envy him on account of them, nor begrudge them to him, nor wish that we had them in his stead.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
He drew the cane out of the sand, thrusting the stick down in its stead.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Boabdil motioned to the Moor to withdraw, and an alfaqui advanced in his stead.Leila, Complete
I want to come hame as her dochter, no as mistress o' the hoose in her stead.Heather and Snow
- (preceded by in) rare the place, function, or position that should be taken by anotherto come in someone's stead
- stand someone in good stead to be useful or of good service to (someone)
- (tr) archaic to help or benefit
- 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)
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].