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1. In the place of something previously mentioned; as a substitute or an equivalent: Having planned to drive, we walked instead.
2. In preference; as an alternative: yearned instead for a home and family.

[Middle English in sted of, in place of : in, in; see in1 + stede, place; see stead + of, of; see of.]


1. as a replacement, substitute, or alternative
2. instead of (preposition) in place of or as an alternative to
[C13: from phrase in stead in place]



1. as a substitute or replacement; in the place or stead of someone or something.
2. as an accepted alternative; in preference.
instead of, in place of.


instead of
1. 'instead'

Instead is an adverb. You use it when saying what someone does rather than doing something else.

Hema did not answer. Instead she looked out of the taxi window.
I felt like crying, but I managed to smile instead.
2. 'instead of'

Instead of is a preposition. You use it to introduce something that is not done, not used, or not true, in contrast to something that is done, is used, or is true.

Why not use your bike to get to work instead of your car?
You can have rice instead of potatoes.

You can say that someone does something instead of doing something else.

You could always go camping instead of staying in a hotel.
Why don't you help, instead of standing there and watching?

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone does something 'instead to do' something else.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.instead - in place of, or as an alternative to; "Felix became a herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a used car"
2.instead - on the contrary; "rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left"; "he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter"; "used English terms instead of Latin ones"


adverb rather, alternatively, preferably, in preference, in lieu, on second thoughts Forget about dieting and eat normally instead.
instead of in place of, rather than, in preference to, in lieu of, in contrast with, as an alternative or equivalent to She had to spend four months away, instead of the usual two.
místomísto toho
i stedet
sen sijaan
umjesto toga
í staîinn
그 대신에
namiesto toho
i ställetistället
thay vì


A. ADV I was tempted to spend the money, but I put it in the bank insteadtuve la tentación de gastar el dinero, pero en lugar de ello or en vez de eso, lo metí en el banco
she wanted to run away, but instead she carried on walkingquería echar a correr, pero sin embargo siguió andando
she's allergic to soap, so she uses cleanser insteades alérgica al jabón, así es que usa una crema limpiadora en su lugar
he was busy, so I went insteadél estaba ocupado, así es que fui yo en su lugar
we had expected to make £2,000, instead, we barely made £200esperábamos sacar unas 2.000 libras y en cambio apenas sacamos 200
B. PREP instead ofen vez de, en lugar de
I used margarine instead of butterusé margarina en vez de or en lugar de mantequilla
we decided to walk instead of taking the busdecidimos andar en vez de or en lugar de tomar el autobús
he went instead of mefue en mi lugar
this is instead of a Christmas presentesto hace las veces de regalo de Navidad


[ɪnˈstɛd] advau lieu de cela, plutôt
Judy did not answer. Instead she looked out of the window → Judy ne répondit pas. Au lieu de cela, elle regarda par la fenêtre.
Her ambition was to become an airline pilot. Instead she became a policewoman → Elle avait l'ambition d'être pilote de ligne; au lieu de cela, elle est devenue policière.
It's too cold to walk, let's go in the car instead → Il fait trop froid pour y aller à pied, prenons la voiture plutôt.
Don't use sugar. Try honey instead
BUT Ne vous servez pas de sucre. Essayez le miel à la place.Ne vous servez pas de sucre, essayez plutôt le miel.
The pool was closed, so we played tennis instead
BUT La piscine était fermée, alors nous avons joué au tennis.
instead of (= rather than) → au lieu de
We played tennis instead of going swimming → Nous avons joué au tennis au lieu d'aller nager.
Use margarine instead of butter → Servez-vous de margarine au lieu de beurre. (= in the place of) [+ person] → à la place de
He went instead of Peter → Il y est allé à la place de Peter.
He went instead of her → Il y est allé à sa place.


prep instead ofstatt (+gen or (inf) +dat), → anstelle or an Stelle von; instead of going to school(an)statt zur Schule zu gehen; instead of thatstatt dessen; his brother came instead of himsein Bruder kam an seiner Stelle or statt ihm (inf); he accidentally hit Jim instead of Johner traf aus Versehen Jim (an)statt John; this is instead of a Christmas presentdas ist anstelle or an Stelle eines Weihnachtgeschenks
advstattdessen, dafür; if he doesn’t want to go, I’ll go insteadwenn er nicht gehen will, gehe ich (stattdessen); if he doesn’t come here, I shall go there insteadwenn er nicht herkommt, gehe ich stattdessen hin


1. advinvece
don't take Tom, take Fred instead → non prendere Tom, prendi piuttosto Fred
I haven't got any coffee, will cocoa do instead? → non ho caffè, va bene lo stesso il cacao?
if you're not going, I'll go instead → se non vai tu, andrò io al posto tuo
2. prep instead ofinvece di
instead of sb → al posto di qn
instead of doing sth → invece di fare qc


(inˈsted) adverb
as a substitute; in place of something or someone. I don't like coffee. Could I please have tea instead?
instead of
in place of. Please take me instead of him; You should have been working instead of watching television.


بَدَلَاً مِنْ místo i stedet anstatt αντ’ αυτού en cambio sen sijaan plutôt umjesto toga invece その代わりに 그 대신에 in plaats daarvan i stedet zamiast tego em vez взамен i stället แทน yerine thay vì 代替
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No, it's the toasting fork, with Mother's shoe on it instead of the bread.
Though, if Professor Bumper has his way, the idol will be coming out instead of coming in.
Under his coat he wore a knitted grey vest, and, instead of a collar, a silk scarf of a dark bronze-green, carefully crossed and held together by a red coral pin.
Instead of soothing it excited them, and added to their wakefulness.
The name has appeared to find favor, and all things considered, it may possibly be quite as well to let it stand, instead of going back to the House of Hanover for the appellation of our finest sheet of water.
Instead of succumbing I sprang again to my feet, looked at her bed, and took a helpless middle way.
Besides that, to have two bits instead of one -- and mine was a sharp one, it hurt my tongue and my jaw, and the blood from my tongue colored the froth that kept flying from my lips as I chafed and fretted at the bits and rein.
They took up several obviously wrong people, and they ran their heads very hard against wrong ideas, and persisted in trying to fit the circumstances to the ideas, instead of trying to extract ideas from the circumstances.
Praise him with nightingale words-- Nay, I will praise him instead.
But a moment afterwards, seeing that instead of a fish he only had in his nets the carcase of an ass, he was much disappointed.
But the sand hill only drove the pond a little farther away, and its waters seemed to increase instead of diminishing.
But such was either the hatred or avarice of this man, that instead of doing us the good offices he pretended, he advised the King to refuse our present, that he might draw from us something more valuable.