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substitute

noun sub·sti·tute \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌtüt , -ˌtyüt \

Definition of substitute

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

substitute

adjective

Examples of substitute in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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substitute

verb

Definition of substitute

substituted; substituting
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 (something, such 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 in a Sentence

  1. One of our teachers is sick, so we need someone to substitute.

  2. They substituted real candles with electric ones.

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First Known Use of substitute

15th century



SUBSTITUTE Defined for English Language Learners

substitute

noun

Definition of substitute for English Language Learners

  • : 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


substitute

verb

Definition of substitute for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SUBSTITUTE Defined for Kids

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substitute

noun sub·sti·tute \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌtüt , -ˌtyüt \

Definition of substitute for Students

:a person or thing that takes the place of another

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substitute

verb

Definition of substitute for Students

substituted; substituting
1 :to put in the place of another
2 :to take the place of another
  • Honey can substitute for sugar in the recipe.

Medical Dictionary

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substitute

noun sub·sti·tute \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌt(y)üt \

medical Definition of substitute

:a person or thing that takes the place or function of another
  • father and mother substitutes

substitute

adjective

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substitute

transitive verb

medical Definition of substitute

substituted; substituting
:to put or use in the place of another: as
a :to introduce (an atom or group) as a substituent
b :to alter (as a compound) by introduction of a substituent


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