Pronunciation: (sted), [key]
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.
3. stand in good stead, to be useful to, esp. in a critical situation: Your experience will stand you in good stead.
to be of service, advantage, or avail to.
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