instead

adverb in·stead \ in-ˈsted \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of instead

1 : as a substitute or equivalent
  • was going to write but called instead
2 : as an alternative to something expressed or implied : rather
  • longed instead for a quiet country life

Examples of instead in a Sentence

  1. I was offered a ride, but I chose to walk instead.

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First Known Use of instead

1667

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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instead Synonyms

Synonyms

first, rather;

Related Words

alternately, alternatively;

Phrases

in lieu;


INSTEAD Defined for Kids

instead

adverb in·stead \ in-ˈsted \

Definition of instead for Students

: as a substitute I was going to write but called instead.


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