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substitute

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noun sub·sti·tute \ˈsəb-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Simple Definition of substitute

  • : a person or thing that takes the place of someone or something else

  • sports : a player who takes the place of another player during a game

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of substitute

  1. :  a person or thing that takes the place or function of another

substitute

adjective

Examples of substitute in a sentence

  1. <you'll be getting a substitute until your regular teacher is feeling better>

  2. <if you like, you can use nuts as a substitute for coconut in that recipe>



Origin and Etymology of substitute

Middle English, from Anglo-French substitut, from Latin substitutus, past participle of substituere to put in place of, from sub- + statuere to set up, place — more at statute


First Known Use: 15th century


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substitute

verb sub·sti·tute

Simple Definition of substitute

  • : to put or use (someone or something) in place of someone or something else

  • : to do the job of someone else or serve the function of something else

  • : to replace (one person or thing) with another

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of substitute

substituted

substituting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to put or use in the place of anotherb :  to introduce (an atom or group) as a substituent; also :  to alter (as a compound) by introduction of a substituent <a substituted benzene ring>

  3. 2 :  to take the place of :  replace

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to serve as a substitute

Examples of substitute in a sentence

  1. One of our teachers is sick, so we need someone to substitute.

  2. They substituted real candles with electric ones.



Circa 1594

First Known Use of substitute

circa 1594



SUBSTITUTE Defined for Kids

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substitute

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noun sub·sti·tute \ˈsəb-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Definition of substitute for Students

  1. :  a person or thing that takes the place of another




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substitute

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verb sub·sti·tute

Definition of substitute for Students

substituted

substituting

  1. 1 :  to put in the place of another

  2. 2 :  to take the place of another <Honey can substitute for sugar in the recipe.>




Medical Dictionary

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substitute

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noun sub·sti·tute \ˈsəb-stə-ˌt(y)üt\

Medical Definition of substitute

  1. :  a person or thing that takes the place or function of another <father and mother substitutes>

substitute

adjective



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substitute

transitive verb sub·sti·tute

Medical Definition of substitute

substituted

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substituting

  1. :  to put or use in the place of another: asa:  to introduce (an atom or group) as a substituentb:  to alter (as a compound) by introduction of a substituent





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