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. Delcianna Winders:

    I think there are two interrelated things underlying this new secrecy, an overt push by the agency to move away from regulating and enforcing and instead toward treating regulated entities as clients to whom they provide services.

  2. Van Pelt:

    This is exactly what the boys always depend on -- that we'll be divided and tearing each other down, and when we're divided instead of fighting the patriarchy, we lose ground.

  3. Robert McKeeman:

    We have real-time communication through GPS, so the police stations know where the officer is at all times, if he goes off on a chase, they know where he is. If he goes completely out of contact, they know where he is. They can even determine if he is lying horizontal instead of vertical and issue an emergency response.

  4. Ken Catania:

    The first time I read von Humboldt's tale, I thought it was completely bizarre, why would the eels attack the horses instead of swimming away?

  5. John Hannah:

    At every turn, the American people can see with their own eyes how tragically wrong the President has been, instead of being the JV team, they turn out to be the most powerful terrorist group in history.

Images & Illustrations of instead

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