What does instead mean?

Definitions for instead
ɪnˈstɛdin·stead

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word instead.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alternatively, instead, or elseadverb

    in place of, or as an alternative to

    "Felix became a herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a used car"

  2. rather, insteadadverb

    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. insteadadverb

    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. Etymology: from ine + stede.

ChatGPT

  1. instead

    "Instead" is an adverb commonly used to indicate that one action or situation is being or should be replaced by another. It suggests an alternative or substitute in a scenario, referring to a different choice or option.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insteadadverb

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

  2. Insteadadverb

    equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of

  3. 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. detains

  2. sainted

  3. stained

  4. satined

  5. destain

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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. Elaine Wang:

    Hong Kong people will just have to figure out a way to work together with the government instead of fighting it.

  2. Elon Musk:

    The rocket landed instead of putting a hole in the ship or tipping over, we're real excited about that.

  3. Sarah Palin:

    I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind's use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations.

  4. Brittney Castro:

    Balance is a weird, abstract concept, the way I interpret it is, sometimes I’m focused on one or two areas in my life more than others, whether that’s for a day, a few months, even a year. But things change; seasons change. So instead of it being a pie chart where I have to give a little bit of my time and energy to everything, every day, I’m learning to better communicate my current focus to people around me. I find that once I stop thinking about the balance, it just happens.

  5. Mike Huckabee:

    I had death threats, there were people who said they'd leave the church, but instead I held my ground and I said 'If he goes, I go,'.

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