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. Ed Gardner:

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

  2. Mickey Mehta:

    This summer temperatures will soar high and may kill many birds due to lack of water. PLEASE KEEP A BOWL OF WATER IN YOUR BALCONY , WINDOW OR IN OPEN PLACES and save their lives, instead of shooing them away. Be sensitive to all lives and MickeyMize the ecology. Share this to support life for one and all and evolve.

  3. Mr vybs live:

    These days instead of telling the police that robbers are robbing your house....just tell them that criminals are dragging out bags of money. My friend the police will be there in less than 2 minutes.

  4. Larry Kramer:

    There's something, to me, cowardly about taking Truvada instead of using a condom, you're taking a drug that is poison to you, and it has lessened your energy to fight, to get involved, to do anything.

  5. Hoda Nasralla:

    The judge shied away from directly acquitting Mubarak even though he was accused of conspiring with Adly, and Adly was acquitted, the judge resorted to formalities instead.

Images & Illustrations of instead

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