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. Kevin McCarthy:

    Instead of undermining Congressional intent regarding the visa waiver program, the White House should instead focus on Iran’s repeated violations of the U.N. Security Council's bans on missile tests, iran’s unwillingness to follow these international agreements should be a red flag that the Iran nuclear deal is n’t worth the paper it is written on.

  2. Dan Gainor:

    Corden is following the Jimmy Fallon route to success – viral videos and fun instead of [the] allegedly biting wit that Noah has tried, i think Corden’s offers a more unique late-night show, less political. Noah is just reheated Jon Stewart – nowhere near as fun or funny.

  3. Georgy Margvelashvili:

    Unfortunately, instead of defusing the situation, the statement made today by the head of the government has added tension to an already difficult situation, i call on everyone to refrain from taking any drastic steps and to rein in their emotions.

  4. Johannes Ramaekers:

    The findings suggest that investigative interviewers should minimize the questioning of cannabis-intoxicated eyewitnesses and suspects, and instead wait until the first possible time after sobriety is reached.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Be the man of no one! Instead, be the man of truth, only the truth!

Images & Illustrations of instead

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