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Definitions for instead
ɪnˈstɛdin·stead

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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.

    Etymology: from ine + stede.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insteadadverb

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

    Etymology: [Pref. in- + stead place.]

  2. Insteadadverb

    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

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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. anonymous:

    Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.

  2. Bentzi Gopstein:

    Instead of giving me a prize for the important work I do to rescue the daughters of Israel, the state of Israel handcuffs me.

  3. Joshua Pollack:

    Trump has given them a pass on short-range missiles, instead, they have indicated their displeasure with Seoul.

  4. Alex Azar:

    Instead of trying to expand Medicare into a universal entitlement that even covers wealthy Americans of working age, as some have proposed, we need to fulfill Medicare's promise to our seniors.

  5. Paul Gazelka:

    Instead, it's the city up in smoke because Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz didn't take the right action, minnesota Gov. Tim Walz needs to be responsible for this, not just from today moving forward, but from the beginning as all this unfolded.

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