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. Efraim Zuroff:

    You would expect that considering the age of the accused every effort would be made to expedite these cases but instead they all follow a lengthy process, but better late than never.

  2. Justin Sherman:

    The Trump administration has taken almost like a whack-a-mole approach to dealing with these issues, because it seems that as soon as a Chinese company is in the news, all of a sudden that becomes the new target, it seems very unlikely that there is thinking going on about the longer term strategy, and much more likely that the focus instead is on this politically motivated attack on an application because it's a Chinese-owned app, even if there are real security questions.

  3. Ed Gardner:

    Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.

  4. Erin Bulvanoski:

    Sometimes to get motivated for class, I force myself to run, walk, or bike there instead of taking the subway as a way to get my blood flowing and endorphins up.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York, And all the clouds that loured upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths, Our bruised arms hung up for monuments, Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them,-- Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun.

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