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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Eric Bentley:

    Ours is the age of substitutes instead of language, we have jargon instead of principles, slogans and instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.

  2. Comedian Jimmy Fallon:

    It’s scary, it’s fun, it’s exciting, do you know the ‘Harry Potter’ rides? It’s like that, except instead of Harry Potter, it’s me. Instead of Hogwarts, it’s New York City.

  3. Blaise Pascal:

    When I consider the small span of my life absorbed in the eternity of all time, or the small part of space which I can touch or see engulfed by the infinite immensity of spaces that I know not and that know me not, I am frightened and astonished to see myself here instead of there... now instead of then.

  4. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    Too many people are stuck on sickness benefits because of issues that could be addressed but instead are not, some have drug or alcohol problems, but refuse treatment. In other cases, people have problems with their weight that could be addressed, but instead a life on benefits rather than work becomes the choice.

  5. Fortran manual for Xerox Computers:

    The primary purpose of the Data statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable Pi can be given that value with a Data statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change.

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