Also, in lieu of; in place of; in someone's stead. In substitution for, rather than. For example, She wore a dress instead of slacks, or They had a soprano in lieu of a tenor, or In place of soft drinks they served fruit juice, or The chairman spoke in her stead. Instead of dates from about 1200; in lieu of, which borrows lieu, meaning “place,” from French, dates from the late 1200s; in place of dates from the 1500s; and in someone's stead from the 1200s. Also see under in someone's shoes.
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What does instead of mean?
Instead of is a phrase that means rather than or in place of. It is used to present an alternative or a substitute.
Instead of is used to contrast two things. It is often used to explain choices or introduce an alternate event that happened or could happen in place of something else. Instead of can indicate that something was swapped out for something else.
If someone uses their left hand to write with instead of their right hand, for example, it means they chose to use their left hand rather than the right.
Used in a sentence: Tanya used peanut butter instead of chocolate in the recipe and the results were yummy!
Example: Instead of pepperoni, I like to put pineapple on my pizza.
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How is instead of used in real life?
Instead of is a common phrase that explains that something happened in place of something else or something was chosen over other options.
Those who put arms into the hands of children instead of food, books and toys commit a crime not only against the little ones, but against all of humanity. #ChildrenNotSoldiers
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 12, 2021
"We need accountability then healing. I hope this song makes those who love to point and shoot senselessly to pause just for a milli second and commit to life instead of death.” #endgunviolence4life 🌎https://t.co/KkqHjipghe
— Kēvens (@kevens) April 9, 2021
I made hot chocolate instead of coffee today.
It vastly improved my case of the Mondays.
— Maggie Menderski (@MaggieMenderski) November 9, 2020
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Is instead of used correctly in the following sentence?
I need to wear a suit to the fancy party instead of the messy clothes I usually wear.
How to use instead of in a sentence
Instead, straighten your civic backbone and push back in clear conscience.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the man and woman in the truck wanted to know where the crash site was and whether would I show them.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Instead, spa hotels filled up with over 30,000 refugees from the war-troubled Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
But this year, instead of simply voting against Boehner on Tuesday, at least two members of the group are vying to replace him.
Instead, I spend much of my time criticizing my fellow atheists.
It was like his beautiful courtesy to call me in and introduce me to Blow instead of letting me go away.
Why he did that, instead of walking around on the shore, Jimmy Rabbit couldn't understand.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Instead of the expected general amnesty, only a few special pardons were granted.
We see the whole land, even if but at a distance, instead of being limited merely to the spot where our foot treads.
But, instead of following up their victory, the half-resolute rioters camped near Guadalupe for the night.