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Definition of stead noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

stead

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//sted//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sted//
 
 
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Word 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.Idioms
in somebody’s/something’s stead
 
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(formal) instead of somebody/something Foxton was dismissed and John Smith was appointed in his stead.
stand somebody in good stead
 
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to be useful or helpful to somebody when needed Your languages will stand you in good stead when it comes to finding a job.
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