Definition of stead in English:

stead

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    ‘you wish to have him superseded and to be appointed in his stead’
    • ‘Will we in the rest of Scotland follow the lead set by the Highland and Islands, or watch while others prosper in our stead?’
    • ‘In her stead comes a woman chatting with a puma, who represents inner happiness.’
    • ‘In its stead is a kiosk on the outskirts of town, selling bad burgers on a monthly lease.’
    • ‘Had my son been born in his stead, he may have ended up doing the same.’
    • ‘In his stead was a handsome young man with a happy grin and a promising future.’
    • ‘Villagers south of York are fighting plans to knock down a derelict health centre and build three new houses in its stead.’
    • ‘Jayson drew his swallow and jumped off his stead as Virgo let out a bellow as he tried to scare off the attackers.’
    • ‘In its stead, the new power of dismissing the Cabinet through a vote of no confidence was established.’
    • ‘The answer was unanimous that he must die unless the principal man of his blood should suffer death in his stead.’
    • ‘The Democratic Governor of Oregon then appointed a Tilden elector in his stead.’
    • ‘Mr Matthews said the redevelopment was one of the reasons he had been chosen for the job and his experience held him in good stead.’
    • ‘They had ceased to patronise the nautch, and in its stead preferred English music or military bands.’
    • ‘He quoted the Local Autonomy Act, saying that a mayor has to issue an order appointing a deputy mayor to act in his stead.’
    • ‘An accurate representation of the facts was soon put up in its stead.’
    • ‘Managing to gain King Peter's favor, she has acted in his stead during his illness.’
    • ‘Then again, that might have landed you here in my stead, and I could not bear that.’
    • ‘He initially specialised in obstetrics, which was to hold him in good stead in his long career as a country doctor.’
    • ‘His grasp of finance stood him good stead when he presided over the wartime Board of Trade.’
    • ‘Then they would need a new director to pick up from where he left off and know exactly what needed to be done in his stead.’
    • ‘He sends Seward in his stead, and gives him all of the papers and diaries to read.’

Phrases

  • stand someone in good stead

    • Be advantageous or useful to someone over time or in the future.

      ‘his early training stood him in good stead’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Matomela was punished to a certain extent by the NZ batsmen, but his debut will stand him in good stead for the future as well.’
      • ‘He has always spoken without notes - a skill that stood him in good stead - but his support is trailing badly, despite the audience rating of him as charming and avuncular.’
      • ‘Zaharia expects the experience gained in this election will stand her in good stead in the future, which, she suggests, could include another campaign.’
      • ‘After all the ugliness of what has happened in our game, the building for the future that people such as Calderwood are undertaking will stand us in good stead.’
      • ‘For Guinness, it was ‘a psychological bulwark against the uncertainties of war and fear of the future and it stood me in good stead.’’
      • ‘Her training in psychology has also stood her in good stead and places her well to co-ordinate a current project to deal with motivational issues related to decommissioning.’
      • ‘Just as importantly, these two major powers appear to be hell-bent on usurping an authority which has stood us in good stead for more than half a century.’
      • ‘And through their 30-plus year history, their belief in the rock ‘n roll ethos has stood them in good stead.’
      • ‘It will certainly stand me in good stead for the future and I have always loved working hard in the gym.’

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.

Pronunciation:

stead

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