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substitutes

noun
plural of substitute

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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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substitutes

verb
present tense third-person singular of substitute

Synonyms of substitutes (Entry 2 of 2)

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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“Substitutes.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/substitutes. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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