Definition of instead in English:

instead

Syllabification: in·stead
Pronunciation: /inˈsted
 
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adverb

  • 1As an alternative or substitute: do not use lotions, but put on a clean dressing instead she never married, preferring instead to remain single
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    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
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    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

Origin

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

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