Stead, v. t.
1. To help; to support; to benefit; to assist.
Perhaps my succour or advisement meet,
Mote stead you much your purpose to subdue. --Spenser.
It nothing steads us
To chide him from our eaves. --Shak.
2. To fill the place of. [Obs.]
1. Place, or spot, in general. [Obs., except in composition.]
Fly, therefore, fly this fearful stead anon. --Spenser.
2. Place or room which another had, has, or might have. “Stewards of your steads.”
In stead of bounds, he a pillar set. --Chaucer.
3. A frame on which a bed is laid; a bedstead. [R.]
The genial bed,
Sallow the feet, the borders, and the stead. --Dryden.
4. A farmhouse and offices. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Note: ☞ The word is now commonly used as the last part of a compound; as, farmstead, homestead, roadstead, etc.
In stead of, in place of. See Instead.
To stand in stead, or To do stead, to be of use or great advantage.
The smallest act . . . shall stand us in great stead. --Atterbury.
Here thy sword can do thee little stead. --Milton.
n : the function or position properly or customarily occupied or
served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his
place"; "in lieu of" [syn: position, place, lieu]