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

substitute

/ (ˈsʌbstɪˌtjuːt) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

substitutable, adjectivesubstitutability, noun

Word Origin for substitute

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

usage

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