substitute

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1sub·sti·tute

noun \ˈsəb-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

: 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

Full Definition of SUBSTITUTE

:  a person or thing that takes the place or function of another
substitute adjective

Examples of SUBSTITUTE

  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 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

2substitute

verb

: 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

substitut·edsubstitut·ing

Full Definition of SUBSTITUTE

transitive verb
1
a :  to put or use in the place of another
b :  to introduce (an atom or group) as a substituent; also :  to alter (as a compound) by introduction of a substituent <a substituted benzene ring>
2
:  to take the place of :  replace
intransitive verb
:  to serve as a substitute

Examples of SUBSTITUTE

  1. One of our teachers is sick, so we need someone to substitute.
  2. They substituted real candles with electric ones.

First Known Use of SUBSTITUTE

circa 1594

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