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place or role that someone or something should have or fill (used in referring to a substitute): you wish to have him superseded and to be appointed in his stead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.
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.
stand someone in good stead
- Be advantageous or useful to someone over time or in the future: his early training stood him in good steadMore 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.’
Definition of stead in:
- The British & World English dictionary