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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stead, position, place, lieunoun

    the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

    "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"


  1. steadnoun

    A place, or spot, in general.

  2. steadnoun

    A place where a person normally rests; a seat.

  3. steadnoun

    A specific place or point on a body or other surface.

  4. steadnoun

    An inhabited place; a settlement, city, town etc.

  5. steadnoun

    An estate, a property with its grounds; a farm.

  6. steadnoun

    The frame on which a bed is laid; a bedstead.

  7. steadnoun

    The position or function (of someone or something), as taken on by a successor.

  8. steadnoun

    Figuratively, an emotional or circumstantial "place" having specified advantages, qualities etc. (now only in phrases).

  9. steadverb

    To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.

  10. steadverb

    To fill place of.

  11. Etymology: From sted, from stede, from stadiz, from stetis-. Related to German Stadt, Gothic 03430344033003380343, Danish and Swedish stad, Dutch stede, Yiddish שטאָט.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stead

    Etymology: sted, being in the name of a place that is distant from any river, comes from the Saxon sted, styd , a place; but if it be upon a river or harbour, it is to be derived from staðe , a shore or station for ships. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. STEADnoun

    Etymology: sted , Saxon.

    Fly therefore, fly this fearful stead anon,
    Lest thy fool hardize work thy sad confusion. Fairy Queen.

    They nigh approached to the stead
    Where as those maremaids dwelt. Edmund Spenser, Fairy Queen.

    The term of life is limited,
    Ne may a man prolong nor shorten it;
    The soldier may not move from watchful stead,
    Nor leave his stand until his captain bed. Fairy Queen.

    If we had simply taken them clean away, or else removed them, so as to place in their stead others, we had done worse. Richard Hooker.

    There fell down many slain, and they dwelt in their steads until the captivity. 1 Chron. v. 22.

    Nor do the bold’st attempts bring forth
    Events still equal to their worth;
    But sometimes fail, and in their stead
    Fortune and cowardice succeed. Samuel Butler.

    Jealousy then fir’d his soul,
    and his face kindled like a burning coal;
    Now cold despair succeeding in her stead,
    To livid paleness turns the glowing red. Dryden.

    A compleat man hath some parts, whereof the want could not deprive him of his essence; yet to have them standeth him in singular stead, in respect of special uses. Richard Hooker.

    He makes his understanding the warehouse of lumber rather than a repository of truth, which will stand him in stead when he has occasion for it. John Locke.

    The smallest act of charity shall stand us in great stead. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The genial bed,
    Sallow the feet, the borders and the sted. Dryden.

  3. To Steadverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    We are neither in skill, nor ability of power greatly to stead you. Philip Sidney.

    It nothing steads us
    To chide him from our eves. William Shakespeare.

    Rich garments, linnens, stuffs, and necessaries,
    Which since have steaded much. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Madam, so it stead you I will write. William Shakespeare.

    Can you so stead me
    As bring me to the sight of Isabella. William Shakespeare.

    Your friendly aid and counsel much may stead me. Nicholas Rowe.

    We shall advise this wronged maid to stead up your appointment, and go in your place. William Shakespeare.


  1. stead

    Stead is a noun referring to the place or role that is normally occupied or performed by someone or something else. It often implies taking the position or fulfilling the duties of another person. For example, if a person does a task "in someone's stead," they are doing it in place of, or as a substitute for that person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steadnoun

    place, or spot, in general

  2. Steadnoun

    place or room which another had, has, or might have

  3. Steadnoun

    a frame on which a bed is laid; a bedstead

  4. Steadnoun

    a farmhouse and offices

  5. Steadverb

    to help; to support; to benefit; to assist

  6. Steadverb

    to fill place of

  7. Etymology: [OE. stede place, AS. stede; akin to LG. & D. stede, OS. stad, stedi, OHG. stat, G. statt, sttte, Icel. star, Dan. sted, Sw. stad, Goth. stas, and E. stand. 163. See Stand, and cf. Staith, Stithy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stead

    sted, n. the place which another had or might have: a fixed place of abode: use, help, service, as in 'To stand in good stead.'—n. Steading, the barns, stables, &c. of a farm. [A.S. stede, place; Ger. stadt, statt, place, Dut. stad, a town.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STEAD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stead is ranked #11257 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stead surname appeared 2,808 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Stead.

    88.8% or 2,496 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 92 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3.1% or 88 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 57 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 54 total occurrences were Black.
    0.7% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for stead »

  1. dates

  2. desat

  3. sated

  4. tased

  5. tsade

  6. stade

  7. sedat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stead in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of stead in a Sentence

  1. Prince Feisal:

    He is passionate about his work and committed to making a difference. That's the values that will hold him in good stead in this competition.

  2. Greg Dyke:

    The last thing FIFA needed was another president bringing a pile of suspicious baggage into the job, gianni comes in clean, his record as UEFA's general secretary is first class and will stand him in good stead for his new job.

  3. Stephen Miller:

    Joe Biden callously played on America’s sympathies for a small core of Afghans who worked closely in difficult conditions with American troops – left all those people nearly in Afghanistan – and then in their stead brought over 100,000 randomly selected Afghan nationals.

  4. Tony Jacklin:

    But Fleetwood's 63 on the final day was virtually flawless. He's come a long way in the last 18 months or so and the combination of his good play and the support he's going to get from the British galleries will stand him in good stead, he hit every green bar one on the final day and his ball - striking has come on leaps and bounds.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I hope we've left in good stead, but maybe we have and maybe we haven't.

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