See in lieu or in lieu of.
(label) A place, or spot, in general.
*1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faery Queene , II:
*:For he ne wonneth in one certaine stead , / But restlesse walketh all the world around.
(label) A place where a person normally rests; a seat.
*1633 , P. Fletcher, Purple Island :
*:There now the hart, fearlesse of greyhound, feeds, / And loving pelican in safety breeds; / There shrieking satyres fill the people's emptie steads .
(label) A specific place or point on a body or other surface.
*:Thus they fought two houres& in many stedys they were wounded.
(label) An inhabited place; a settlement, city, town etc.
(label) An estate, a property with its grounds; a farm.
*1889 , H. Rider Haggard, Allan's Wife :
*:But of course I could not do this by myself, so I took a Hottentot—a very clever man when he was not drunk—who lived on the stead , into my confidence.
(label) The frame on which a bed is laid; a bedstead.
*(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
*:The genial bed / Sallow the feet, the borders, and the stead .
*1818 , Jane Austen, Persuasion :
*:She was so wretched and so vehement, complained so much of injustice in being expected to go away instead of Anne; Anne, who was nothing to Louisa, while she was her sister, and had the best right to stay in Henrietta's stead !
*2011 , "Kin selection", The Economist , 31 March:
*:Had Daniel Ortega not got himself illegally on to this year’s ballot to seek a third term, his wife might have run in his stead .
Figuratively, an emotional or circumstantial "place" having specified advantages, qualities etc. (now only in phrases).
*2010 , Dan van der Vat, The Guardian , 19 September:
*:Though small and delicate-looking, she gave an impression of intense earnestness and latent toughness, qualities that stood her in good stead when she dared to challenge the most intrusive communist society in eastern Europe.
* in good stead
* in one's stead
To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.
* 1610 , , act 1 scene 2
To fill place of.
- Some food we had and some fresh water that / A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo, / Out of his charity,—who being then appointed / Master of this design,—did give us, with / Rich garments, linens, stuffs, and necessaries, / Which since have steaded much: [...]
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