- Stead is a substitute or successor.
An example of stead is the heir to a title.
- Stead is defined as to be of service.
An example of stead is to help a family in need.
stead definition by Webster's New World
- the place or position of a person or thing as filled by a replacement, substitute, or successor: to send another in one's stead
- advantage, service, or avail: now only in , to give someone good use, service, or advantage
- Obsolete a place, site, or locality
Origin: Middle English stede ; from Old English akin to German statt, a place, stadt, town ; from Indo-European base an unverified form stā-, to stand
stead definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The place, position, or function properly or customarily occupied by another.
- Advantage; service; purpose: “His personal relationship with the electorate stands in good stead” (John Sears).
Origin: Middle English stede, from Old English; see stā- in Indo-European roots.