verb (used with object)
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)|Amy Zimmerman|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rather than saying a prayer, he asked those with ears to hear to say a prayer in his stead.
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|Eli Lake|December 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In the world of endless second chances, he will have to revive that plan or offer another one in its stead.
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|Lindsay Sakraida|June 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Oh that we had the traitor who has dragged this gallant young officer to death, so that he might suffer in his stead!The Story of American History|Albert F. Blaisdell
I fear it will be long ere you see your good gold in the stead of your dirty paper, even though I gave you an order on the tolls.The Caged Lion|Charlotte M. Yonge
I got a lot of friends there that maybe don't take it in why I'm here 'stead of with my regiment, with the old man.Stories That End Well|Octave Thanet
Our supply of the last-named did not last long, and several of the party used strips of hoop-iron in their stead.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
And to crown the little girl's troubles her dear mayor was retired to private life and a Democrat ruled in his stead.A Little Girl in Old New York|Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for stead (1 of 2)
Word Origin for stead
British Dictionary definitions for stead (2 of 2)
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].
Idioms and Phrases with stead
see in someone's shoes (stead); stand in good stead. Also see under instead.