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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

Full Definition of substitute

  1. :  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


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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

Full Definition of substitute

substitut·edsubstitut·ing

  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

  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




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