Stead meaning

stĕd
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Stead is a substitute or successor.

An example of stead is the heir to a title.

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The place, position, or function properly or customarily occupied by another.
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Stead is defined as to be of service.

An example of stead is to help a family in need.

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Advantage; service; purpose.
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To be of advantage or service to; benefit.
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The place or position of a person or thing as filled by a replacement, substitute, or successor.

To send another in one's stead.

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Advantage, service, or avail.
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A place, site, or locality.
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To be of advantage, service, or avail to.
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(in phrases, now literary) The position or function (of someone or something), as taken on by a successor. [from 15th c.]
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Figuratively, an emotional or circumstantial "place" having specified advantages, qualities etc. (now only in phrases). [from 15th c.]
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To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.
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To fill place of.
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Origin of stead

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

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

  • 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