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substitute

substitute - Dictionary definition and meaning for word substitute

Definition
(noun) a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
Synonyms : replacement

Definition
(noun) an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
Synonyms : reserve , second-stringer

Definition
(noun) someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
Example Sentence
  • the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes
  • we need extra employees for summer fill-ins

Definition
(verb) put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
Synonyms : exchange , interchange , replace
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) be a substitute
Synonyms : fill in , stand in , sub
Example Sentence
  • The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague
  • The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet

Definition
(verb) act as a substitute
Synonyms : deputise , deputize , step in
Example Sentence
  • She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold

Definition
(adj) capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
Synonyms : utility
Example Sentence
  • a utility infielder

Definition
(adj) serving or used in place of another
Synonyms : alternate , alternative
Example Sentence
  • an alternative plan

Definition
(adj) artificial and inferior
Synonyms : ersatz
Example Sentence
  • ersatz coffee
  • substitute coffee

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