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Meaning & Definition of Substitute in English

English

Substitute

/səbstətut/

noun

1. A person or thing that takes or can take the place of another

    synonym:
  • substitute
  • ,
  • replacement

2. An athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced

    synonym:
  • substitute
  • ,
  • reserve
  • ,
  • second-stringer

3. Someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

  • "The star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"
  • "We need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
    synonym:
  • stand-in
  • ,
  • substitute
  • ,
  • relief
  • ,
  • reliever
  • ,
  • backup
  • ,
  • backup man
  • ,
  • fill-in

verb

1. Put in the place of another

  • Switch seemingly equivalent items
  • "The con artist replaced the original with a fake rembrandt"
  • "Substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"
  • "Synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"
    synonym:
  • substitute
  • ,
  • replace
  • ,
  • interchange
  • ,
  • exchange

2. Be a substitute

  • "The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague"
  • "The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet"
    synonym:
  • substitute
  • ,
  • sub
  • ,
  • stand in
  • ,
  • fill in

3. Act as a substitute

  • "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"
    synonym:
  • substitute
  • ,
  • deputize
  • ,
  • deputise
  • ,
  • step in

adjective

1. Capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team

  • "A utility infielder"
    synonym:
  • utility(a)
  • ,
  • substitute(a)

2. Serving or used in place of another

  • "An alternative plan"
    synonym:
  • alternate
  • ,
  • alternative
  • ,
  • substitute

3. Artificial and inferior

  • "Ersatz coffee"
  • "Substitute coffee"
    synonym:
  • ersatz
  • ,
  • substitute

Examples of using

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