Meaning of stead

stead

Pronunciation: (sted), [key]
— n.
  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. a place or locality.
  3. to be useful to, esp. in a critical situation: Your experience will stand you in good stead.
—v.t.
  1. to be of service, advantage, or avail to.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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