stead

[sted]
noun
1.
the place of a person or thing as occupied by a successor or substitute: The nephew of the queen came in her stead.
2.
Obsolete. a place or locality.
verb (used with object)
3.
to be of service, advantage, or avail to.
Idioms
4.
stand in good stead, to be useful to, especially in a critical situation: Your experience will stand you in good stead.

Origin:
before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English stede; cognate with German Stätte place; akin to German Stadt, Old Norse stathr, Gothic staths, Greek stásis (see stasis); (v.) Middle English steden, derivative of the noun

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stead (stɛd)
 
n
1.  rare (preceded by in) the place, function, or position that should be taken by another: to come in someone's stead
2.  stand someone in good stead to be useful or of good service to (someone)
 
vb
3.  archaic (tr) to help or benefit
 
[Old English stede; related to Old Norse stathr place, Old High German stat place, Latin statiō a standing, statim immediately]

Stead (stɛd)
 
n
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)

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Word Origin & History

stead
O.E. stede "place, position, standing, delay," related to standan "to stand," from P.Gmc. *stadiz (cf. O.S. stedi, O.N. staðr, Swed. stad, Du. stede "place," O.H.G. stat, Ger. Stadt "town," Goth. staþs "place"), from PIE *stetis-, from base *ste-/*sta- "to stand" (see
stet). Now chiefly in compounds or phrases. Steadfast is from O.E. stedefæst "secure in position," from stede + fæst "firmly fixed" (see fast).
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Idioms & Phrases

stead

see in someone's shoes (stead); stand in good stead. Also see under instead.

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Example sentences
Stead has taken up the role of an agricultural benefactor.
They have had to be, and it may stand them in good stead now.
Move over silicone implants, here comes the real thing in your stead.
Both positions should serve him in good stead in his new job.
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