verb (used with object), sub·sti·tut·ed, sub·sti·tut·ing.
verb (used without object), sub·sti·tut·ed, sub·sti·tut·ing.
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What does substitute mean?
A substitute is someone or something that takes the place of another person or thing. As a verb, to substitute means to make such a switch.
Substitute is used in a variety of contexts, but it is perhaps most commonly associated with substitute teachers and players in team sports who replace a player in the game. In both cases, the word is often shortened as sub.
Example: Mr. Jones was sick today so we had a substitute.
Where does substitute come from?
The first records of substitute come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin word substitūtus, from the verb substituere, meaning “to put in place of.”
Substitute teachers replace the regular teacher when they are unable to teach, typically because they are sick. A substitute usually only serves in that role for a day or two, but there are also long-term substitutes who replace a teacher for longer periods of time, such as when they’re on maternity leave.
In sports, a substitute is a player who replaces a player who is currently playing. This can be done for a number of reasons. In soccer (football), substitutes are often used late in a game to replace players who are tired. In basketball, subs are used throughout the game to give players a break. Substitute players are often said to come from the bench, which is a way of referring to the place where players sit when they are not playing, as well as a way to refer to the substitute players collectively.
Substitute is used in many other contexts as both a noun and a verb. In grammar, substitute is used as a noun to refer to a word that serves as a particular kind of replacement. In chemistry, to substitute is to replace one or more elements or groups in a molecule. People often refer to artificial sweeteners as sugar substitutes.
Substitute is synonymous with replacement, and it can appear in phrases and expressions that discuss replacing things, as in There is no substitute for hard work.
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What are some other forms related to substitute?
- substitution (noun)
- sub (shortened form)
What are some synonyms for substitute?
What are some words that share a root or word element with substitute?
What are some words that often get used in discussing substitute?
How is substitute used in real life?
Substitute is used in many different contexts. It’s most commonly used in reference to substitute teachers and substitutes on sports teams.
i like to categorize people by whether or not they could effectively quiet a classroom as a substitute teacher
— rbf rin (@rinskye) March 7, 2020
How does a team have so much quality that they rely on their substitutes to make the impact and win it for them in every game #belgium
— all about energy & space (@aljay_luv) July 1, 2014
— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) March 3, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for substitute
The substitute nurse says to him in a stage whisper, “You know, the doctor says no vodka.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in the end there is no substitute for government when it comes to war fighting.
This clean source of caffeine is the next noble, and healthy, substitute for your daily cup of coffee.Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa: Why The Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine|Brandon Presser|August 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Annunziato and Akerman are in agreement that CrowdMed is best deployed as a supplement, not a substitute.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return|Kevin Zawacki|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tim Krul, the substitute goalie, seemed a good foot taller than Jasper Cillessen, the man he replaced, and much the more daunting.Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands: A Tale of Two Goalies|Tunku Varadarajan|July 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I left my substitute was just getting up to ask for the adjournment.Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe|Eugne Brieux
In place of either of these subjects you may substitute the retelling of another story of Hawthorne's you have read.Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year|E.C. Hartwell
There it is—There's the two thousand three hundred francs for him to buy a substitute.Germinie Lacerteux|Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Condensed milk should never be used as a continuous food; as a substitute, however, for a few weeks it is often invaluable.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)|W. Grant Hague
He has invented a process for making a substitute for Babbitt metal.Ralph, the Train Dispatcher|Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for substitute
- a person or thing that serves in place of another, such as a player in a game who takes the place of an injured colleague
- (as modifier)a substitute goalkeeper Often shortened to: sub