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1. The place, position, or function properly or customarily occupied by another.
2. Advantage; service; purpose: "His personal relationship with the electorate stands in good stead" (John Sears).
tr.v. stead·ed, stead·ing, steads
To be of advantage or service to; benefit.
1. (preceded by in) rare the place, function, or position that should be taken by another: to come in someone's stead.
2. stand someone in good stead to be useful or of good service to (someone)
(tr) archaic to help or benefit
[Old English stede; related to Old Norse stathr place, Old High German stat place, Latin statiō a standing, statim immediately]
(Biography) Christina (Ellen). 1902–83, Australian novelist. Her works include Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), The Man who Loved Children (1940), and Cotters' England (1966)
1. the place of a person or thing as occupied by a successor or substitute: The nephew of the queen came in her stead.
2. Obs. a place or locality.v.t.
3. to be of service, advantage, or avail to.Idioms:
stand in good stead, to prove useful to: Her recommendation will stand you in good stead.
Past participle: steaded
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|Noun||1.||stead - the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"|
role, function, office, part - the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
behalf - as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of"); "the guardian signed the contract on behalf of the minor child"; "this letter is written on behalf of my client";