substitute

noun
sub·​sti·​tute | \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce substitute (audio) , -ˌtyüt \

Definition of substitute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

substitute

verb
substituted; substituting

Definition of substitute (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

Other Words from substitute

Noun

substitute adjective

Examples of substitute in a Sentence

Noun you'll be getting a substitute until your regular teacher is feeling better if you like, you can use nuts as a substitute for coconut in that recipe Verb One of our teachers is sick, so we need someone to substitute. They substituted real candles with electric ones.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Central Florida administrators, while busy recruiting new teachers, plan to use long-term substitute teachers and assign district staff back to classrooms to fill in the gaps. Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel, 9 Aug. 2022 CH-UH School Superintendent Liz Kirby noted that there are also slots for lunch aides, cleaners, some members of the operational staff, substitute teachers and school bus drivers. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 26 July 2022 The 181 educators included four principals, 153 teachers, 12 teachers' aides and 12 substitute teachers. Fox News, 20 July 2022 Particularly in the case of substitute teachers, the report said, keys were not given to adults managing and supervising classrooms. Amanda Taylor, PEOPLE.com, 17 July 2022 Between the construction and technology purchases, mental health supports, and COVID-19 related staffing (like additional substitute teachers), the district has already spent 96 percent of its $5.16 million in funds, according to state data. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2022 Adding to the strain is a shortage of substitute teachers. Donna St. George, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 Hundreds of community members stepped up this spring to address the growing need for substitute teachers. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 28 June 2022 Another reason could be missed grading deadlines or long-term reliance on substitute teachers, who don’t have access to the grading system. Lillian Reed, Baltimore Sun, 7 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Aleppo pepper, an ancho-like crushed chile, can substitute for Turkish pepper. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2022 If your roses are struggling to bloom, substitute a bloom fertilizer for the regular rose food. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 Neither Lala nor LacDel market the milk products as a supplement to or substitute for baby formula on their product information pages. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 24 June 2022 But price controls substitute actual privation, and waiting in queues, for high monetary prices. WSJ, 10 June 2022 Other listings substitute technical specs for gun model names. Brian Contrerasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 With any of these dishes, diners can substitute celiac-safe gluten-free pasta made in house. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 No number of italics or apostrophes can substitute the richness of listening to stories told in the regional dialect and original voice of the storyteller. Santi Elijah Holley, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 These twelve questions should not substitute for further diligence in exploring any net-zero commitment. David Carlin, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of substitute

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for substitute

Noun

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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12 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for substitute

substitute

noun
sub·​sti·​tute | \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce substitute (audio) , -ˌtyüt \

Kids Definition of substitute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person or thing that takes the place of another

substitute

verb
substituted; substituting

Kids Definition of substitute (Entry 2 of 2)

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

substitute

noun
sub·​sti·​tute | \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌt(y)üt How to pronounce substitute (audio) \

Medical Definition of substitute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from substitute

substitute adjective

substitute

transitive verb
substituted; substituting

Medical Definition of substitute (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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