[ in-sted ]
/ ɪnˈstɛd /
as a substitute or replacement; in the place or stead of someone or something: We ordered tea but were served coffee instead.
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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- instead of,
instead of, in place of; in lieu of: You can use milk instead of cream in this recipe.
Origin of instead
1175–1225; Middle English; orig. phrase in stead in place
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/ (ɪnˈstɛd) /
as a replacement, substitute, or alternative
instead of (preposition) in place of or as an alternative to
Word Origin for instead
C13: from phrase in stead in place
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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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