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American English: /ˈsəbstəˌt(j)ut/
British English: /ˈsʌbstɪtjuːt/

Translation of substitute in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (thing) See examples:substitute (for something) coffee/sugar substitute
    sucedáneo del café/del azúcar
    there's no substitute for experience
    nada puede sustituir a la experiencia
    there is no substitute for doing it by hand
    no hay nada como hacerlo a mano
    accept no substitutes!
    ¡no acepte imitaciones!
    Example sentences
    • There is no substitute for immediate political intervention to diffuse this crisis.
    • Real-time data informing the passenger of poor service availability is no substitute for improved service availability.
    • No substitute for experience exists, though, and I certainly will not make the same mistake again.
    1.2 (person)
    sustituto, (-ta) (masculine, feminine)
    to be a substitute for somebody
    sustituir a alguien
    she's just a substitute for his mother
    ella no es más que un sustituto de la figura materna
    (before noun) (goalkeeper/player)
    Example sentences
    • The instructor had been an older man and someone that Carl had seen as a father figure, a substitute to fill part of a missing piece of his life.
    • Before World War II, the single mother remained within her family circle, where a grandfather or uncle could become a substitute father.
    • Victorio is dispassionate and controlling as the substitute father figure.
    Example sentences
    • Each team will comprise of 5 players and two substitutes and games begin at 9.30 am prompt.
    • Parsley again goes into a cup match without a substitute goalkeeper.
    • On an earlier occasion, I suggested that if a player is injured and unable to take part, a substitute should replace the injured man and take part in the game without any restrictions whatsoever.

transitive verb

  • to substitute something for somethingsubstitute X for Y
    sustituir la Y por X
    substitute honey for sugar
    sustituya or reemplace el azúcar por miel
    Example sentences
    • Plastic mesh can be substituted for the wire mesh.
    • The stem bark yields quality fibre that may be substituted for jute, but is stated to be of no advantage over jute.
    • It could also save the lives of laboratory mice because chicken eggs and embryos share many genes and biochemical pathways with mammals, so they can be substituted for live animals in experiments.

intransitive verb

  • to substitute for something/somebodycan you substitute for me (on) Friday night?
    ¿me puedes sustituir or reemplazar el viernes por la noche?
    in this recipe parsley can substitute for coriander
    en esta receta el cilantro se puede sustituir por perejil
    Example sentences
    • Bananas are a good alternative to potatoes as a source of potassium, and citrus fruits can substitute for broccoli to cover vitamin C requirements.
    • Unmanned air surface and undersea vehicles can substitute for the loss of a number of ships, but not for all of them.
    • Insurers have guaranteed schools that non-teaching staff employed to patrol school property or to substitute for staff on uncertified sick leave will be covered.

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