American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The place, position, or function properly or customarily occupied by another.
- n. Advantage; service; purpose: "His personal relationship with the electorate stands in good stead” ( John Sears).
- v. To be of advantage or service to; benefit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place; place in general.
- n. Place or room which another had or might have: preceded by in: as, David died, and Solomon reigned in his stead. Hence instead.
- n. Space of time; while; moment.
- n. The frame on which a bed is laid: now rarely used except in the compound bedstead.
- n. A steading.
- n. Position or situation of affairs; state; condition; plight.
- n. Assistance; service; use; benefit; advantage; avail: usually in the phrases to stand in stead, to do stead (to render service).
- To place; put; set.
- To place or put in a position of danger, difficulty, hardship, or the like; press; bestead.
- With up: to replace; fill.
- To avail; assist; benefit; serve; bo of service, advantage, or use to.
- To stop; stay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Obs., except in composition. Place, or spot, in general.
- n. Place or room which another had, has, or might have.
- n. rare A frame on which a bed is laid; a bedstead.
- n. Prov. Eng. & Scot. A farmhouse and offices.
- v. To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.
- v. obsolete To fill the place of.
- n. the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
- From Middle English sted, stede, from Old English stede, from Proto-Germanic *stadiz, from Proto-Indo-European *stéh₂tis. Related to German Stadt, Gothic 𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌸𐍃 (staþs, "place"), Danish and Swedish stad, Dutch stad, Yiddish שטאָט (shtot). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stede, from Old English; see stā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_Stead_, n. a place; it is often joined to other words, e.g. hall-stead, a hall or the place where a hall has been, as in the sentence, "I went to the pillared hall-stead;" n. _stead or bestead_, to serve, to aid, e.g. "to stead me in the fight.”
“In college, in stead of going home on the weekend we would sometimes drop acid and lay on the floor with zepplin playing on the reel to reel with a speaker on each side of our head.”
“If this would happen maybe we can get answers to questions in stead of just "this bill will save money and get everyone insurance".”
“They are in stead, establishing fashion policy and in a sense saying, "I dont care if women don't like it --- we are going to flood the market with so much of it so cheaply that they will feel they have no choice.”
“But when it came to opening day or heading out on a trip I could not sleep and was usually up before the alarm went off, but many seasons have gone by and even though I have trained myself to go to bed early and get up early when that time change comes and it is 3: 45 in stead of 4: 45 (yuk!)”
“Republicans need to bring some suggestions for solutions for our state of affairs in stead of grand standing for the media.”
“That puts it in very different stead from a plea bargain, which is governed by a very different set of reliance interests.”
“Why can't we just focus on his performace as an ice skater in stead of making snide remarks about the person.”
“I knew I needed a place for myself as well, so I rented an anonymous room at the Vossenveld flat, with my own shower, in stead of a social student house where they would all eat together and your roommates could just barge into your room whenever they felt like it.”
“I wish we could move our opening day up to August 1 in stead of September 1 - I think it would make the dove hunting 100x better here ... if Texas gets this approved, maybe Colorado can be next!”
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