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Meaning of instead by Wiktionary Dictionary

instead


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    Etymology

    in +‎ stead, from Middle English ine ( “in” ) + stede ( “stead” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ɪn.ˈstɛd/
    • Rhymes: -ɛd

    Adverb

    instead

    1. In the place of something ( usually mentioned earlier ); as a substitute or alternative
      I was going to go shopping, but I went dancing instead .

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Explanation of instead by Wordnet Dictionary

instead


    Adverb
    1. in place of, or as an alternative to

    2. Felix became a herpetologist instead
    3. on the contrary

    4. he didn't call; rather ( or instead ), he wrote her a letter
      used English terms instead of Latin ones