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[in-sted] /ɪnˈstɛd/
as a substitute or replacement; in the place or stead of someone or something:
We ordered tea but were served coffee instead.
in preference; as a preferred or accepted alternative:
The city has its pleasures, but she wished instead for the quiet of country life.
instead of, in place of; in lieu of:
You can use milk instead of cream in this recipe.
Origin of instead
1175-1225; Middle English; orig. phrase in stead in place Unabridged
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  • Go for simple flowering plants instead of the double-flower varieties.
  • Companies cut software donations and instead make deals with colleges.
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  • So, it has to be functional art instead of arbitrary art.
  • Use instead of salt in any mixture in which soy sauce's dark color adds an interesting dimension.
  • Sometimes amid the realignment frenzy, it is easy to focus on the chum instead of the fish.
  • Their oblique approach is to aim instead for a world with accessible, secure low cost energy for all.
  • Chipmunks hibernate, but instead of storing fat, they periodically dip into their cache of nuts and seeds throughout the winter.
  • Preventing future emergences may instead focus on human behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for instead


as a replacement, substitute, or alternative
(preposition) instead of, in place of or as an alternative to
Word Origin
C13: from phrase in stead in place
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Word Origin and History for instead

1590s, from Middle English ine stede (early 13c.; see stead); loan-translation of Latin in loco (French en lieu de). Still often two words until c.1640.

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