Definition of Substitute

1. Noun. A person or thing that takes or can take the place of another.

Exact synonyms: Replacement
Generic synonyms: Equivalent
Specialized synonyms: Ersatz, Successor, Succedaneum
Derivative terms: Replace, Replace

2. Verb. Put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items. "Synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"
Exact synonyms: Exchange, Interchange, Replace
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Shift, Reduce, Truncate, Retool, Subrogate
Derivative terms: Replacement, Substitution, Substitution

3. Adjective. Capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team. "A utility infielder"
Exact synonyms: Utility
Similar to: Secondary

4. Noun. An athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced.
Exact synonyms: Reserve, Second-stringer
Group relationships: Bench
Generic synonyms: Athlete, Jock
Specialized synonyms: Bench Warmer, Pinch Hitter

5. Verb. Be a substitute. "The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet"
Exact synonyms: Fill In, Stand In, Sub
Generic synonyms: Change, Exchange, Interchange
Derivative terms: Fill-in, Stand-in, Subbing, Substituting, Substitution

6. Adjective. Serving or used in place of another. "An alternative plan"
Exact synonyms: Alternate, Alternative
Similar to: Secondary
Derivative terms: Alternate

7. Noun. Someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult). "We need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
Exact synonyms: Backup, Backup Man, Fill-in, Relief, Reliever, Stand-in
Generic synonyms: Compeer, Equal, Match, Peer
Specialized synonyms: Locum, Locum Tenens, Double, Stunt Man, Stunt Woman, Alternate, Replacement, Surrogate
Derivative terms: Fill In, Relieve, Stand In

8. Verb. Act as a substitute. "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"
Exact synonyms: Deputise, Deputize, Step In
Specialized synonyms: Cover
Generic synonyms: Replace, Supercede, Supersede, Supervene Upon, Supplant
Derivative terms: Deputy, Deputy, Deputy, Deputy, Deputy, Substituting

9. Adjective. Artificial and inferior. "Substitute coffee"
Exact synonyms: Ersatz
Similar to: Artificial, Unreal

Definition of Substitute

1. n. One who, or that which, is substituted or put in the place of another; one who acts for another; that which stands in lieu of something else

2. v. t. To put in the place of another person or thing; to exchange.

Definition of Substitute

1. Verb. (transitive) To use in place of something else, with the same function. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) In the phrase "substitute X for Y", to use X in place of Y. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) In the phrase "substitute X with/by Y", to use Y in place of X. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive sports) To remove (a player) from the field of play and bring on another in his place. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To serve as a replacement (for someone or something) ¹

6. Noun. A replacement or stand-in for something that achieves a similar result or purpose. ¹

7. Noun. (context: sports) A player who is available to replace another if the need arises, and who may or may not actually do so. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Substitute

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Literary usage of Substitute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"Sales <§=»4I8(7)—Buyer on seller's breach must buy best substitute and ordinarily in nearest available market; failure to buy In nearest available market ..."

2. Pediatrics: The Hygienic and Medical Treatment of Children by Thomas Morgan Rotch (1896)
"In addition to the general principles which I have enunciated concerning maternal feeding, and which apply equally to substitute feeding, there are certain ..."

3. History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 by James Ford Rhodes (1904)
"1 I have already spoken of frauds in connection with the filling of military quotas by substitute brokers and bounty-jumpers.2 Much more might be said on ..."

4. Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, the Rules of the House of Representatives by United States Congress. House, Thomas Jefferson, United States (1904)
"In considering an amendment to a substitute, an amendment in the nature ot' a ... A substitute amendment may be amended by striking out all but the first ..."

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