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stead

Syllabification: stead
Pronunciation: /sted
 
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Definition of stead in English:

noun

The place or role that someone or something should have or fill (used in referring to a substitute): you wish to have him superseded and to be appointed in his stead
More example sentences
  • Managing to gain King Peter's favor, she has acted in his stead during his illness.
  • He quoted the Local Autonomy Act, saying that a mayor has to issue an order appointing a deputy mayor to act in his stead.
  • They had ceased to patronise the nautch, and in its stead preferred English music or military bands.

Origin

Old English stede 'place', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stad 'town', German Statt 'place', Stadt 'town', from an Indo-European root shared by the verb stand.

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  • Old English stede meant ‘place’. From a Germanic source, it is related to Dutch stad ‘town’, German Statt ‘place’, from an Indo-European root shared by the verb stand. Instead (Middle English) is simply ‘in stead, in place of’ run together. The adjective steadfast [Old English] is literally ‘standing firm’; a homestead (Old English) is your ‘home place’; while if you are steady (Middle English) you are not easily moved from your place. See also place

Phrases

stand someone in good stead

1
Be advantageous or useful to someone over time or in the future: his early training stood him in good stead
More example sentences
  • Zaharia expects the experience gained in this election will stand her in good stead in the future, which, she suggests, could include another campaign.
  • But the ability to address a large number of people, from ministers in Parliament to troops on the battlefield, stood Elizabeth in good stead for the future.
  • For Guinness, it was ‘a psychological bulwark against the uncertainties of war and fear of the future and it stood me in good stead.’

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