- 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.
- 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 stand someone in good stead, to give someone good use, service, or advantage
- Obs. a place, site, or locality
Origin of steadMiddle English stede from OE, akin to German statt, a place, stadt, town from Indo-European base an unverified form st?-, to stand
- 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 )
transitive verbstead·ed, stead·ing, steads
Origin of steadMiddle English stede from Old English; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present steads, present participle steading, simple past and past participle steaded)