verb (used with object), sub·sti·tut·ed, sub·sti·tut·ing.
verb (used without object), sub·sti·tut·ed, sub·sti·tut·ing.
- substantive right,
- substernal goiter,
- substitution cipher,
- substitution product,
- substitution reaction,
- substitution therapy
Origin of substitute
Examples from the Web for substitution
No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by Winner is permitted.
The substitution of an effect for a cause is an old technique and trick of classical sophistry.
The Prize is nontransferable and no substitution of the Prize by the Grand Prize Winner is allowed.
Yet here is the great problem with Murray's substitution of imagery for numbers in his social thought.
If the older form were Gaelic, the substitution, or translation, would have been superfluous.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
He encouraged the substitution, that was inaugurated by Killigrew, of women for boys in female parts.A Life of William Shakespeare|Sidney Lee
There was one weighty reason for the overthrow of the gentes and the substitution of a new plan of government.Ancient Society|Lewis Henry Morgan
The size and weight of books was also reduced by the substitution of pasteboards for wooden sides.
Besides, any substitution of self for self would be useless, for there is no more self there.The Flaw in the Crystal|May Sinclair
- the uniform replacement of one expression by another
- substitution instancean expression so derived from another
- 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
late 14c., "appointment of a subordinate or successor," from Middle French substitution, from Late Latin substitutionem (nominative substitutio) "a putting in place of another," from past participle stem of Latin substituere "put in place of another, place under or next to," from sub "under" (see sub-) + statuere "set up," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet).
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.