instead of

preposition
in·​stead of | \ in-ˈste-də(v) How to pronounce instead of (audio) , -ˈsti- \

Definition of instead of

: in place of : as a substitute for or alternative to chose tea instead of coffee

First Known Use of instead of

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for instead of

Middle English in sted of

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“Instead of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/instead%20of. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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instead of

preposition
in·​stead of | \ in-ˈste-dəv How to pronounce instead of (audio) \

Kids Definition of instead of

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

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