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Definition of "stead" []

  • The place, position, or function properly or customarily occupied by another. (noun)
  • Advantage; service; purpose: "His personal relationship with the electorate stands in good stead” ( John Sears). (noun)
  • To be of advantage or service to; benefit. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stead" in a sentence
  • "_Stead_, n. a place; it is often joined to other words, e.g. hall-stead, a hall or the place where a hall has been, as in the sentence, "I went to the pillared hall-stead;" n. _stead or bestead_, to serve, to aid, e.g. "to stead me in the fight.""
  • "In college, in stead of going home on the weekend we would sometimes drop acid and lay on the floor with zepplin playing on the reel to reel with a speaker on each side of our head."
  • "If this would happen maybe we can get answers to questions in stead of just "this bill will save money and get everyone insurance"."