What does instead mean?

Definitions for insteadɪnˈstɛd

Here are all the 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"

Wiktionary

  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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Instead

    in-sted′, adv. in the stead, place, or room of. [M. E. in stede—A.S. on stede, in the 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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of instead in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of instead in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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