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.
Idioms about stead
stand in good stead, to be useful to, especially in a critical situation: Your experience will stand you in good stead.
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How to use stead in a sentence
Water Authority board members can designate other members agency to vote in their stead – as a proxy – if they’re absent.Water Authority’s Confidential Consultant Contracts Surprised Board | MacKenzie Elmer | August 4, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
In 2020, Spears requested through her lawyer that Montgomery be made conservator in her father’s stead, and that a bank be appointed as a conservator of her estate.What to know about Britney Spears’s court battle over her conservatorship | Ashley Fetters | July 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Miss Manners recommends that next time, you helpfully suggest a ride-share app — or another hapless relative — in your stead.Miss Manners: It’s more than okay to ask about safety protocols | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Each of the 24 directors can designate another member agency to vote in its stead at the Water Authority board meetings if they can’t make it.Controversial Pipeline Project Is Fueling Drama Within the Water Authority | MacKenzie Elmer | April 13, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
A professional conservator has acted in his stead in the meantime.Britney Spears and the trauma of being young, female and famous in the ’90s | Ashley Fetters | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
But would that modus operandi of old hold him in good stead with the “three-ring policy circus” he faces?President Obama’s Hill Challenge in Avoiding Fiscal Cliff | James Warren | November 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the world of endless second chances, he will have to revive that plan or offer another one in its stead.
Certainly in that year I learned much and acquired from my chief business habits which have stood me in good stead since.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Nor would it be just for you to forgive him because another son of yours was willing to be punished in his stead.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Organisation was his first work, and his former experience of irregular warfare in Poland stood him in good stead.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
He did come,—a big, gran' man, wid a look which made me glad Miss Dory was in heaven 'stead of livin' wid him.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Thus, though King James be at last excluded, his Subjects reign in his stead.An Account of the Growth of Deism in England | William Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for stead (1 of 2)
(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)
(tr) archaic to help or benefit
British Dictionary definitions for Stead (2 of 2)
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with stead
see in someone's shoes (stead); stand in good stead. Also see under instead.
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