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Definitions for instead
ɪnˈstɛdin·stead

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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. 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. Joseph Darby:

    I think he would have been rebuked instead of fired, but maybe it changes the way he sees things.

  2. Brock Silvers:

    Exploding marketing expense is consuming the company, investors are rejecting management's explanation of rising costs as mere investment, and instead see a possible wobbly business model in competition with larger, better funded rivals.

  3. Unknown:

    It is easy to bring others down to your level, Instead of bringing yourself up to their level, But it is never ever right.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I am honored, however, that she is attacking me, instead of Jeb Bush, obviously, she knows that JEB is no longer her real competition.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Don't waste your precious time in either dwelling in the Past, or dreaming of the Future. Focus on the Present instead. Life is like a Newspaper, which is as good as the freshness of the news it brings everyday. Always be in sync with the Present!

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