a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
substitute, reserve, second-stringernoun
an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-inadjective
someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
"the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
"a utility infielder"
alternate, alternative, substituteadjective
serving or used in place of another
"an alternative plan"
artificial and inferior
"ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee"
substitute, replace, interchange, exchangeverb
put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
"the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"
substitute, sub, stand in, fill inverb
be a substitute
"The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague"; "The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet"
substitute, deputize, deputise, step inverb
act as a substitute
"She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"
A replacement or stand-in for something that achieves a similar result or purpose.
A player who is available to replace another if the need arises, and who may or may not actually do so.
To use in place of something else, with the same function.
I had no shallots so I substituted onion.
In the phrase "substitute X for Y", to use X in place of Y.
I had to substitute new parts for the old ones.
In the phrase "substitute X with/by Y", to use Y in place of X.
I had to substitute old parts with the new ones.
To remove (a player) from the field of play and bring on another in his place.
He was playing poorly and was substituted after twenty minutes
To serve as a replacement (for someone or something)
Etymology: From substitutum, past participle of substituo.
one who, or that which, is substituted or put in the place of another; one who acts for another; that which stands in lieu of something else
a person who enlists for military service in the place of a conscript or drafted man
to put in the place of another person or thing; to exchange
Etymology: [See Substitute, n.]
In association football, a substitute is a player who is brought on to the pitch during a match in exchange for an existing player. Substitutions are generally made to replace a player who has become tired or injured, or who is not performing well; there may also be tactical reasons such as bringing a striker on in place of a defender when goals are needed. Players who are noted for scoring important goals when coming off the bench or frequently making appearances as a substitute are often known as "super subs". Most competitions only allow each team to make a maximum of three substitutions during a game, although more substitutions are often permitted in non-competitive fixtures such as friendlies.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sub′sti-tūt, v.t. to put in place of another.—n. one who, or that which, is put in place of another.—adj. put instead of another.—n. Substitū′tion, act of substituting or putting in place of another: (Shak.) the office of a substitute: the use of one word for another, syllepsis: (alg.) the replacing one quantity by another which is equal to it but differently expressed: (chem.) the replacement of one or more equivalents of a body by a like number of equivalents of another.—adjs. Substitū′tional, Substitū′tionary.—adv. Substitū′tionally.—adj. Sub′stitūtive. [L. substituĕre, -ūtum—sub, under, statuĕre, to set.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'substitute' in Nouns Frequency: #2432
Rank popularity for the word 'substitute' in Verbs Frequency: #941
The numerical value of substitute in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of substitute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
A financial settlement is no substitute for strict reforms that will stop Google and other tech companies from invading our privacy, i continue to be alarmed by Big Tech's policies and practices that invade children's lives.
Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law.
All police departments should seek mechanisms of accountability and transparency. Accountability through academic studies and reports is beneficial, but there is no real substitute for local democratic accountability in a public and transparent forum.
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
My party is the most decent there is but ... sometimes we appear to be like those that we want to substitute.
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Translations for substitute
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- canviar, substitut, substituirCatalan, Valencian
- náhradník, nahradit, náhradaCzech
- Ersatz, ersetzen, ErsatzspielerGerman
- αναπληρωτής, αντικαταστάτης, αντικαθιστώ, αναπληρωματικός, υποκατάστατο, αλλάζω, υποκαθιστώ, αναπληρώνωGreek
- substituir, sustituir, substituto, sustitutoSpanish
- varaosa, korvata, vaihtaa, sijainen, vaihtopelaaja, korvikeFinnish
- substituer, de, remplacer, place, en, substitut, remplaçant, mettreFrench
- bean ionaid, fear ionaid, ionadaíIrish
- pótlék, pótol, helyettes, helyettesítHungarian
- sostituire, rimpiazzo, sostitutoItalian
- 替える, 代用する, 代える, 替わるJapanese
- vervanging, vervanger, substitueren, vervangen, plaatsvervangerDutch
- podstawiać, zastąpić, zamienićPolish
- substituto, substituirPortuguese
- substituitor, locțiitor, substitut, substitui, înlocui, înlocuitor, substituentRomanian
- заменитель, замещать, заменять, замена, заместить, заменитьRussian
- nadomjestiti, zamjena, заменити, zamijeniti, замена, supstitut, nadomjestak, надоместак, надоместити, supstituiratiSerbo-Croatian
- substituera, avbytare, substitut, ersättaSwedish
- thay thếVietnamese
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