a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
substitute, reserve, second-stringer(noun)
an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in(adj)
someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
"the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
"a utility infielder"
alternate, alternative, substitute(adj)
serving or used in place of another
"an alternative plan"
artificial and inferior
"ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee"
substitute, replace, interchange, exchange(verb)
put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
"the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"
substitute, sub, stand in, fill in(verb)
be a substitute
"The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague"; "The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet"
substitute, deputize, deputise, step in(verb)
act as a substitute
"She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"
A replacement or stand-in for something that achieves a similar result or purpose.
A player who is available to replace another if the need arises, and who may or may not actually do so.
To use in place of something else, with the same function.
I had no shallots so I substituted onion.
In the phrase "substitute X for Y", to use X in place of Y.
I had to substitute new parts for the old ones.
In the phrase "substitute X with/by Y", to use Y in place of X.
I had to substitute old parts with the new ones.
To remove (a player) from the field of play and bring on another in his place.
He was playing poorly and was substituted after twenty minutes
To serve as a replacement (for someone or something)
Origin: From substitutum, past participle of substituo.
one who, or that which, is substituted or put in the place of another; one who acts for another; that which stands in lieu of something else
a person who enlists for military service in the place of a conscript or drafted man
to put in the place of another person or thing; to exchange
Origin: [See Substitute, n.]
In association football, a substitute is a player who is brought on to the pitch during a match in exchange for an existing player. Substitutions are generally made to replace a player who has become tired or injured, or who is not performing well; there may also be tactical reasons such as bringing a striker on in place of a defender when goals are needed. Players who are noted for scoring important goals when coming off the bench or frequently making appearances as a substitute are often known as "super subs". Most competitions only allow each team to make a maximum of three substitutions during a game, although more substitutions are often permitted in non-competitive fixtures such as friendlies.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sub′sti-tūt, v.t. to put in place of another.—n. one who, or that which, is put in place of another.—adj. put instead of another.—n. Substitū′tion, act of substituting or putting in place of another: (Shak.) the office of a substitute: the use of one word for another, syllepsis: (alg.) the replacing one quantity by another which is equal to it but differently expressed: (chem.) the replacement of one or more equivalents of a body by a like number of equivalents of another.—adjs. Substitū′tional, Substitū′tionary.—adv. Substitū′tionally.—adj. Sub′stitūtive. [L. substituĕre, -ūtum—sub, under, statuĕre, to set.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'substitute' in Nouns Frequency: #2432
Rank popularity for the word 'substitute' in Verbs Frequency: #941
The numerical value of substitute in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of substitute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Organization can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgment.
Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves.
Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
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Translations for substitute
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- substitut, canviar, substituirCatalan, Valencian
- náhrada, náhradník, nahraditCzech
- Ersatz, ersetzen, ErsatzspielerGerman
- αναπληρωματικός, αντικαταστάτης, αλλάζω, αντικαθιστώ, υποκατάστατο, αναπληρώνω, υποκαθιστώ, αναπληρωτήςGreek
- sustituto, sustituir, substituto, substituirSpanish
- korvata, vaihtopelaaja, korvike, vaihtaa, varaosa, sijainenFinnish
- en, de, remplacer, place, mettre, substitut, substituer, remplaçantFrench
- fear ionaid, bean ionaid, ionadaíIrish
- pótlék, helyettes, pótol, helyettesítHungarian
- rimpiazzo, sostituto, sostituireItalian
- 替わる, 代える, 替える, 代用するJapanese
- vervanger, plaatsvervanger, substitueren, vervanging, vervangenDutch
- zastąpić, podstawiać, zamienićPolish
- substituto, substituirPortuguese
- substituitor, locțiitor, substitut, înlocui, substituent, înlocuitor, substituiRomanian
- заменитель, заменять, замена, замещать, заместить, заменитьRussian
- замена, nadomjestak, надоместак, supstituirati, nadomjestiti, надоместити, supstitut, zamijeniti, заменити, zamjenaSerbo-Croatian
- avbytare, substituera, substitut, ersättaSwedish
- thay thếVietnamese
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