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

There is no substitute for their experience, their realism — which can be more hair-raising than any novel or movie. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Light on the Shadow World," 12 Sep. 2019 At the same time, there's no substitute for constant study to master one's craft. CBS News, "Book excerpt: "Call Sign Chaos" by Jim Mattis and Bing West," 31 Aug. 2019 For politicians, journalists or ordinary travellers who want to really understand a place and its people, there is no substitute for shoe leather. The Economist, "Europe’s long vacation flight home," 29 Aug. 2019 But while laudable, these efforts are no substitute for a strong national standard that would provide requirements for all businesses, including those operating in multiple states. Toni Van Pelt, Fortune, "The Paycheck Fairness Act Would Help Close the Gender Wage Gap. Why Won’t the Senate Pass It?," 26 Aug. 2019 There simply is no substitute for human brain tissue. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Inside a Brain Bank, Where Humans’ Most Precious Organ Is Dissected and Studied," 21 Aug. 2019 Here’s the thing: When chip comes to dip, there is no substitute for fresh avocado, and the neon-green mush that comes vacuum-sealed in the refrigerator aisle just does not compare. Alex Pastron, Bon Appétit, "The Best Guacamole Is the Guacamole You Make Yourself," 26 July 2019 Nigeria is no substitute; Tunde’s only connection to the country is through long-distance calls with his grandmother, who appears in interstitial dialogues that punctuate the narrative like a transiting comet. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019 Fifth, understand that there is no substitute for experience. Julie Jason, The Mercury News, "Julie Jason: Seven steps to learning more about retirement investing," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Taco Bell emphasized that non-vegetarian items can be made vegetarian by substituting beans for meat. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Taco Bell now has a vegetarian menu," 11 Sep. 2019 Flan can easily become a dairy-free dessert by substituting coconut milk, cashew milk or other milk alternatives. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Dairy-Free Coconut Mango Flan," 4 Sep. 2019 Disney substituted regular forks within days of the opening, and no sporks will appear at Orlando. Christopher Palmeri, Fortune, "Disney Opens Second Star Wars Park in Orlando, Because Always Two There Are," 27 Aug. 2019 After the break Brazil took extra precautions by substituting winger Everton for midfielder Willian. Mauricio Savarese, BostonGlobe.com, "Brazil without Neymar beats Argentina with Messi in Copa America semifinal," 3 July 2019 More: Kentucky football loses defenders Yusuf Corker, Phil Hoskins early vs. Florida All three targeting penalties helped prolong touchdown drives, forced coaches to substitute and deprived them of depth. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Targeting rule takes a toll on Kentucky, exasperates coach Mark Stoops in loss to Florida," 15 Sep. 2019 Certainly some politicians misuse them to substitute numbers for principles. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "What polls really tell us about the state of the presidential race," 30 Aug. 2019 Delivery startups Instacart and Doordash were found to have been using tips to substitute for workers’ wages, a practice that DoorDash eventually changed. NBC News, "Uber, Lyft propose $21 an hour minimum wage for drivers in California," 29 Aug. 2019 While raising her two boys, Doris began to substitute teach at St. Matthew Lutheran School on Franklin Square in New Britain. courant.com, "Doris Derr Buntin," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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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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