What does Instead mean?

Definitions for Instead
ɪnˈstɛdIn·stead

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.

    Etymology: from ine + stede.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instead(adverb)

    in the place or room; -- usually followed by of

    Etymology: [Pref. in- + stead place.]

  2. Instead(adverb)

    equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of

    Etymology: [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

How to pronounce Instead?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say Instead in sign language?

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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

Examples of Instead in a Sentence

  1. Tom Donohue:

    Let me be very clear. Tariffs are taxes paid for by American families and American businesses -- not foreigners. Instead of undermining our own economy, let's work with our allies to apply pressure on China and use the tools provided by U.S. trade and international laws that we helped create.

  2. Tom Perez:

    It seems like each time Democratic National Committee gets involved in a primary they support the establishment Democrats instead of the party's left leaning progressives, it would be nice if, at some point, calls for unity also mean supporting the left wing of the party.

  3. Norbert Roettgen:

    Instead of strengthening #NATO it is going to weaken the alliance, the US's military clout will not increase, but decrease in relation to Russia and the Near Middle East.

  4. Vincent Grashaw:

    I felt the material was important because it was less about school shootings and more about the power of friendship at that age, the devastating real struggles of youth, struggles we as adults tend to forget or make light of, which honestly can just make the issues with kids worse, instead of validating very real feelings. Their reality is their reality and some just aren't equipped to deal with the elevated emotions they experience at such a young age.

  5. Tim Graham:

    I remember at the time thinking the words really familiar. I looked back at that speech that Diana gave at a charity engagement when she officially stood back from her official public duties. And the words almost mirrored each other, and it was like Harry had gone back and looked up what his mother had said at such an important time in his life because, of course, he cant ask her for that advice himself, so he instead looks at the path that she already took on. And so there are these moments where we see a similarity in the decision she makes. And Im sure that that in itself makes Harry realize that he is doing the right thing and that his mother would approve.

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