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preposition in·stead of \in-ˈste-də(v), -ˈsti-\

Definition of instead of

  1. :  in place of :  as a substitute for or alternative to <chose tea instead of coffee>



Origin and Etymology of instead of

Middle English in sted of


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with instead of

afoul of, ahead of, all kinds of, all sorts of, because of, become of, boxing glove, by dint of, by means of, by way of, courtly love, dispose of, get wind of, hand in glove, have none of, in back of, in case of, in front of, in lieu of, in place of, inside of, in spite of, in terms of, in view of, ladylove, light-o'-love, make fun of, make light of, make much of, make sport of, make use of, mourning dove, on pain of, on top of, outside of, puppy love, turtledove, unheard-of, well-thought-of


INSTEAD OF Defined for Kids

instead of

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preposition in·stead of \in-ˈste-dəv\

Definition of instead of for Students

  1. :  in place of :  as a substitute for <I had milk instead of juice.>





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