Definition of instead in English:


Syllabification: in·stead
Pronunciation: /inˈsted


1As an alternative or substitute: do not use lotions, but put on a clean dressing instead she never married, preferring instead to remain single
More example sentences
  • Even as a baby she did not gurgle or babble in her cot and instead remained silent.
  • So do they list a number for you to call instead, rather than waiting for them to call you back?
  • I need to either find a way to make this clearer, or put complete entries on the page instead.
as an alternative, alternatively, alternately;
on second thoughts, all things being equal
1.1 (instead of) As a substitute or alternative to; in place of: walk to work instead of going by car
More example sentences
  • They will try to find alternate means and may have a sandwich instead of a proper meal.
  • The move will see the regular grey bin collected on a fortnightly instead of a weekly basis.
  • In front of it, however, instead of a courtyard or public square, there is a car park.
as an alternative to, as a substitute for, as a replacement for, in place of, in lieu of, in preference to;
rather than, as opposed to, as against, as contrasted with, before


Middle English (originally as two words): from in + stead.

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