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substitute

noun

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a person or thing that takes the place of another
  • 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

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substitute

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of substitute (Entry 2 of 3)

1 being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials
  • substitute wools that supposedly have the look and feel of cashmere

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2 taking the place of one that came before
  • had to find substitute transportation during the bus strike

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substitute

verb

Synonyms of substitute (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to give up (something) and take something else in return
  • can I substitute coleslaw for potato salad if I order the chicken plate?

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2 to serve as a replacement usually for a time only
  • substituting for the talk show host while she is on vacation

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3 to take the place of
  • "John Doe," "Jane Doe," and "Baby Doe" substituted the real names of the parties involved to preserve their privacy

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

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“Substitute.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/substitute. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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