instead of


in·​stead of in-ˈste-də(v) How to pronounce instead of (audio)
: in place of : as a substitute for or alternative to
chose tea instead of coffee

Examples of instead of in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English in sted of

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of instead of was in the 13th century

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“Instead of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

instead of

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

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