Nearby words

  1. substantive right,
  2. substantivize,
  3. substation,
  4. substernal goiter,
  5. substituent,
  6. substitution,
  7. substitution cipher,
  8. substitution product,
  9. substitution reaction,
  10. substitution therapy

Origin of substitute

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin substitūtus (past participle of substituere to put in place of), equivalent to sub- sub- + -stitū-, combining form of statū-, past participle stem of statuere (see substituent) + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for substitute


/ (ˈsʌbstɪˌtjuːt) /



Derived Formssubstitutable, adjectivesubstitutability, noun

Word Origin for substitute

C16: from Latin substituere, from sub- in place of + statuere to set up


Substitute is sometimes wrongly used where replace is meant: he replaced (not substituted) the worn tyre with a new one

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Word Origin and History for substitute
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