The function or position customarily occupied by another
He was in the place, or stead, of the sovereign.
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth.
The population of Buenos Aires assembled in armed bodies with the avowed intention of ejecting the governor from office, and electing in his stead a man who would give them a just administration.
Wanstead is mentioned in Domesday, and the name is considered by some to be derived from Woden's stead or place, indicating a spot dedicated to the worship of Woden.
He appointed in his stead first his brother Mofaddal b.
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