Synonyms and Antonyms of substitute

  1. 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 Synonyms artificial, bogus, dummy, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitative, man-made, mimic, mock, pretend, sham, simulated, imitation, syntheticRelated Words cultured, manufactured, process; unauthentic; adulterated, designer, doctored, engineered, fudged, juggled, manipulated, tampered (with); concocted, fabricated; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading, phony (also phoney); affected, brummagem, feigned, pinchbeck, pseudo, spuriousNear Antonyms authentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; premium, quality, valuable; pure, unadulteratedAntonyms genuine, natural, real

  2. 2 taking the place of one that came before had to find substitute transportation during the bus strike Synonyms makeshift, new, substitutiveRelated Words alternate, alternative, pinch; different, other, separate; extra, spare; improvised, jury; another, second; utility; successive; equivalentNear Antonyms first, former; equal, identical, same; lasting, permanentAntonyms original



Synonyms and Antonyms of substitute

  1. 1 to give up (something) and take something else in return can I substitute coleslaw for potato salad if I order the chicken plate? Synonyms commute, exchange, shift, change, swap, switch, tradeRelated Words interchange; displace, replace, supersede; cede, hand over, surrender, yield; reciprocate

  2. 2 to serve as a replacement usually for a time only substituting for the talk show host while she is on vacation Synonyms fill in, pinch-hit, stand in, step in, sub, cover, take overRelated Words understudy; relieve, spell; double (as)

  3. 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 Synonyms cut out, displace, displant, relieve, replace, supersede, supplantRelated Words preempt, usurp



Synonyms and Antonyms of substitute

  1. 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 Synonyms backup, cover, designated hitter, fill-in, locum tenens, pinch hitter, relief, replacement, reserve, stand-in, sub Related Words alternate, understudy; apology, makeshift, stopgap; agent, assignee, attorney, commissary, delegate, deputy, envoy, factor, procurator, proxy, rep, representative, surrogate; assistant, reliever, second; successor, superseder

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