- a person or thing acting or serving in place of another.
- (formerly) a person who, for payment, served in an army or navy in the place of a conscript.
- Grammar. a word that functions as a replacement for any member of a class of words or constructions, as do in He doesn't know but I do.
- to put (a person or thing) in the place of another.
- to take the place of; replace.
- Chemistry. to replace (one or more elements or groups in a compound) by other elements or groups.
- to act as a substitute.
- of or relating to a substitute or substitutes.
- composed of substitutes.
Origin of substitute
SynonymsSee more synonyms for substitute on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for substituting
Instead, the show is substituting monologues for character growth.The Blacklist’s Frustrating Fall: Keen’s a Keeper, but Red Regresses
November 11, 2014
Meanwhile, in high wage countries, technology is substituting for labor.Why Aren't We Creating Enough New Jobs?
June 18, 2013
Essentially, he could win by substituting new black voters for lost white ones.The GOP Must Win Back the Black Vote
April 30, 2013
Over time, farms have been substituting fossil fuel for human labor as well as the energy of the sun.It’s the End of the World Unless We All Start Cooking
April 23, 2013
Malkinization: the practice of substituting squabbling for policy and victimology for self-respect.Twitchy! Michelle Malkin's Phony War
April 10, 2013
Tripe may be cooked more economically by substituting water for milk.
Proceed as in the foregoing recipe, substituting a chicken for a rabbit.
And the chauffeur was a favorite with the deputy for whom I am substituting.
The next step is wiring the wings and legs and substituting muscles of same.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
From the land of yellow light, it is hanging, &c. (substituting her for him and his).The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony
- (often foll by for) to serve or cause to serve in place of another person or thing
- chem to replace (an atom or group in a molecule) with (another atom or group)
- logic maths to replace (one expression) by (another) in the context of a third, as replacing x + y for x in 3 x = k gives 3 x + 3 y = k
- 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
- grammar another name for pro-form
- Canadian another name for supply teacher
- nautical another word for repeater (def. 5)
- (formerly) a person paid to replace another due for military service
Word Origin and History for substituting
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.