verb (used with object), sub·sti·tut·ed, sub·sti·tut·ing.
verb (used without object), sub·sti·tut·ed, sub·sti·tut·ing.
Origin of substitute
Synonyms for substitute
Related Words for substitutesurrogate, backup, replacement, stand-in, supplant, swap, replace, dummy, stopgap, temporary, ersatz, imitation, alternate, pseudo, second, counterfeit, makeshift, acting, near, simulated
Examples from the Web for substitute
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 13, 2014
But in the end there is no substitute for government when it comes to war fighting.Ukraine Militias Warn of Anti-Kiev Coup
November 28, 2014
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
August 29, 2014
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
August 15, 2014
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
July 5, 2014
Historical Examples of substitute
Think I would be any good as a substitute when it comes to field work?Her Father's Daughter
Disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.The Devil's Dictionary
Veal suet may be used as a substitute for that of beef; also veal-dripping.
You may substitute for the ham, cold smoked tongue, shred or grated.
If you do not like onions, substitute for them a larger quantity of spice.
- 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
Word Origin for substitute
early 15c. in transitive sense, 1888 as intransitive, from Latin substitutus, past participle of substituere (see substitution). Related: Substituted; substituting.
"one who acts in place of another," early 15c., from Old French substitute and directly from Latin substitutus, past participle of substituere (see substitution). Team sports sense is from 1849.