Definitions for insteadɪnˈstɛd

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word instead

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alternatively, instead, or else(adverb)

    in place of, or as an alternative to

    "Felix became a herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a used car"

  2. rather, instead(adverb)

    on the contrary

    "rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left"; "he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter"; "used English terms instead of Latin ones"


  1. instead(Adverb)

    In the place of something (usually mentioned earlier); as a substitute or alternative

    I was going to go shopping, but I went dancing instead.

  2. Origin: from ine + stede.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instead(adverb)

    in the place or room; -- usually followed by of

  2. Instead(adverb)

    equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of

  3. Origin: [Pref. in- + stead place.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'instead' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1359

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'instead' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2635

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'instead' in Adverbs Frequency: #126

Anagrams for instead »

  1. stained

  2. sainted

  3. detains

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