Stead Definition

stĕd
steads
noun
steads
The place or position of a person or thing as filled by a replacement, substitute, or successor.
To send another in one's stead.
Webster's New World
Advantage, service, or avail.
Webster's New World
A place, site, or locality.
Webster's New World

Figuratively, an emotional or circumstantial "place" having specified advantages, qualities etc. (now only in phrases). [from 15th c.]

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verb
steads
To be of advantage, service, or avail to.
Webster's New World

To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.

Wiktionary
To fill place of.
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Other Word Forms of Stead

Noun

Singular:
stead
Plural:
steads

Origin of Stead

  • From Middle English sted, stede, from Old English stede, from Proto-Germanic *stadiz, from Proto-Indo-European *stéhâ‚‚tis. Related to German Stadt, Gothic 𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌸𐍃 (staþs, “place"), Danish and Swedish stad, Dutch stad, Yiddish שטאָט (shtot).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English stede from Old English stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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