Definitions for insteadɪnˈstɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. as a substitute or replacement; in the place or stead of someone or something.

  2. as an accepted alternative; in preference.

Idioms for instead:

  1. instead of,in place of.

    Category: Idiom

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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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. instead(adverb)ɪnˈstɛd

    rather than sth else

    I was going to drive, but I rode my bike instead.; Try using pen instead of pencil.; Why don't you help instead of just standing there?


  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

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 of instead

  1. stained

  2. sainted

  3. detains

Translations for instead

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


as a substitute; in place of something or someone

I don't like coffee. Could I please have tea instead?

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