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[in-sted] /ɪnˈstɛd/
adverb
1.
as a substitute or replacement; in the place or stead of someone or something:
We ordered tea but were served coffee instead.
2.
in preference; as a preferred or accepted alternative:
The city has its pleasures, but she wished instead for the quiet of country life.
Idioms
3.
instead of, in place of; in lieu of:
You can use milk instead of cream in this recipe.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; orig. phrase in stead in place
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  • instead of low-growing, dark-leaved annuals for pots.
  • Use instead of salt in any mixture in which soy sauce's dark color adds an interesting dimension.
  • instead of the ubiquitous metal bowl with last night's charred remains, imagine an artful piece crafted of metal and stone.
  • instead of having soft coral-pink flowers, you can have bright rosy-red ones.
  • Grilled instead of deep-fried, and with a trimmed-down tartar sauce.
  • Plus, growing your own means you can choose from dozens of varieties instead of the few that are available in markets.
  • The drawers below the cooktop have cutout handles instead of pulls to let air cool the hot surface.
  • Use thin slices of cooked polenta instead of pasta in lasagna.
  • But instead of having a walled-in garden, he has fireproof masonry walls throughout the garden.
  • instead of a traditional card, send a science valentine and let someone smart do it for you.
British Dictionary definitions for instead of

instead

/ɪnˈstɛd/
adverb
1.
as a replacement, substitute, or alternative
2.
(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 of

instead

adv.

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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Idioms and Phrases with instead of

instead of

Also, in lieu of ; in place of ; in someone's stead . In substitution for, rather than. For example, She wore a dress instead of slacks , or They had a soprano in lieu of a tenor , or In place of soft drinks they served fruit juice , or The chairman spoke in her stead . Instead of dates from about 1200; in lieu of , which borrows lieu , meaning “place,” from French, dates from the late 1200s; in place of dates from the 1500s; and in someone's stead from the 1200s. Also see under in someone's shoes
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