What is the meaning of substitute?


  • A person or thing that takes or can take the place of another.
  • An athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced.
  • Someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult. )
    • usage: "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"


  • Put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items.
    • usage: "the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"
  • Be a substitute.
    • usage: "The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague"; "The skim milk substitutes for cream-we are on a strict diet"
  • Act as a substitute.
    • usage: "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"


  • Capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team.
    • usage: "a utility infielder"
  • Serving or used in place of another.
    • usage: "an alternative plan"
  • Artificial and inferior.
    • usage: "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee"
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APAWordNet. (2010). substitute. Retrieved June 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/substitute/definitions/1184671
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HarvardWordNet 2010, substitute, Smart Define, viewed 25 June, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/substitute/definitions/1184671>.
MLAWordNet. "substitute" 23 October 2010. Web. 25 June 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/substitute/definitions/1184671>
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