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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gotham featured some notable former Thorns on the field, including Midge Purce, who was traded last year for Rocky Rodriguez, who came on for the Thorns as a halftime substitute. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 30 May 2021 Clearly, as the need to focus time and attention on practical problem-solving is alleviated by political and economic progress, people turn to sports as a low-stakes substitute with which to fill their time. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 29 May 2021 Iffresh Thai chiles are unavailable, substitute one serrano or one-half jalapeño (remove the seeds to make the dish milder). Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 With Caldwell-Pope going down in the third quarter, the Lakers had to rely on point guard Dennis Schroder for his offense and defense, and substitute Wesley Matthews for his defense. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Allure editors love the Double Glow Peel Mask because its volcanic rock and alpha hydroxy acids are an effective substitute for your pricey facials. Sarah Han, Allure, 28 May 2021 The timeline: After the substitute HB 110 is introduced, lawmakers have just a couple of days to get amendments into legislative leaders. cleveland, 27 May 2021 The American paddlefish, an odd-looking prehistoric creature found in the Ohio River, provides a high-quality substitute to the caviar from European beluga sturgeon, which has become more scarce due to overfishing. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2021 Exxon has been trying to lean on future carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to underpin its future, but Engine No.1 says that’s no substitute for dramatically reducing fossil fuel usage. David Meyer, Fortune, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The idea was to substitute size for versatility, which resulted in a quicker pace. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 20 May 2021 Kerr had no other option than to substitute Curry, whose brilliance was the main reason the Warriors even reached the postseason, back in more than four minutes before usual. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2021 This is in fact a way to substitute expensive U.S. labor with cheaper workforces overseas with the nature of jobs in the U.S. having systematically morphed from low skill jobs to higher skilled ones. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Since at this stage the astronauts can't make test flights in the capsule itself, NASA engineers have had to substitute various simulators to reproduce partial problems the astronauts will have to meet. Joseph N. Bell, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 Expect to substitute mushrooms into the cheesesteaks, seitan for French dip, tofu for stews and chicken for lo mein. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Note: When strawberries hit the market (soon!), substitute half the quantity of the rhubarb for the strawberries and reduce the amount of honey to taste. Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Customers can add or substitute ingredients, such as probiotics, protein or vegan protein, flax seeds, sea moss, turmeric, granola, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or matcha. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 12 May 2021 Second-half goals by Bruno Fernandes — from the penalty spot — Mason Greenwood and substitute Edinson Cavani completed United's latest comeback at Villa Park and ensured a top-four finish for the second straight season. Steve Douglas, ajc, 9 May 2021

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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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The first known use of substitute was in the 14th century

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“Substitute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/substitute. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for substitute

substitute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of substitute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of substitute (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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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