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instead

[in-sted] /ɪnˈstɛd/
adverb
1.
as a substitute or replacement; in the place or stead of someone or something:
We ordered tea but were served coffee instead.
2.
in preference; as a preferred or accepted alternative:
The city has its pleasures, but she wished instead for the quiet of country life.
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3.
instead of, in place of; in lieu of:
You can use milk instead of cream in this recipe.
Origin of instead
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; orig. phrase in stead in place
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instead

/ɪnˈstɛd/
adverb
1.
as a replacement, substitute, or alternative
2.
(preposition) instead of, in place of or as an alternative to
Word Origin
C13: from phrase in stead in place
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Word Origin and History for instead
adv.

1590s, from Middle English ine stede (early 13c.; see stead); loan-translation of Latin in loco (French en lieu de). Still often two words until c.1640.

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