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    substitute - Dictionary definition and meaning for word substitute

    Definition
    (noun) a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    Synonyms : replacement
    Definition
    (noun) an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
    Synonyms : reserve , second-stringer
    Definition
    (noun) someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
    Example Sentence
    • the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes
    • we need extra employees for summer fill-ins
    Definition
    (verb) put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
    Synonyms : exchange , interchange , replace
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    Definition
    (verb) be a substitute
    Synonyms : fill in , stand in , sub
    Example Sentence
    • The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague
    • The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet
    Definition
    (verb) act as a substitute
    Synonyms : deputise , deputize , step in
    Example Sentence
    • She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold
    Definition
    (adj) capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
    Synonyms : utility
    Example Sentence
    • a utility infielder
    Definition
    (adj) serving or used in place of another
    Synonyms : alternate , alternative
    Example Sentence
    • an alternative plan
    Definition
    (adj) artificial and inferior
    Synonyms : ersatz
    Example Sentence
    • ersatz coffee
    • substitute coffee
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