Definitions for insteadɪnˈstɛd
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word instead
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
as a substitute or replacement; in the place or stead of someone or something.
as an accepted alternative; in preference.
Idioms for instead:
instead of,in place of.
Origin of instead:
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"
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
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?
In the place of something (usually mentioned earlier); as a substitute or alternative
I was going to go shopping, but I went dancing instead.
Origin: from ine + stede.
in the place or room; -- usually followed by of
equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Word rank popularity for 'instead' among Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1359
Written Corpus Frequency
Word rank popularity for 'instead' among Written Corpus Frequency: #2635
Word rank popularity for 'instead' among Adverbs Frequency: #126
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?
- in stede vanAfrikaans
- بَدلا منArabic
- в замянаBulgarian
- em vez dePortuguese (BR)
- místo tohoCzech
- statt dessenGerman
- i stedetDanish
- στη θέση του, αντ' αυτούGreek
- en su lugar, en cambioSpanish
- selle asemelEstonian
- در عوض؛ به جایFarsi
- sen sijaanFinnish
- à la placeFrench
- के बदले मेंHindi
- helyette; inkábbHungarian
- sebagai gantinyaIndonesian
- í staðinnIcelandic
- invece, piuttostoItalian
- 그 대신에Korean
- vietoj (ko)Lithuanian
- sebagai gantiMalay
- in plaats ervanDutch
- i stedetNorwegian
- zamiast (tego)Polish
- در عوض؛ به جایPersian
- پرځاى، په عوض، په بدلPashto
- em vez dePortuguese
- în loc, în schimbRomanian
- вместо, взаменRussian
- namiesto tohoSlovak
- namesto tegaSlovenian
- i ställetSwedish
- 代替Chinese (Trad.)
- замість кого, чогоUkrainian
- thay vìVietnamese
- 代替Chinese (Simp.)
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