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Meaning of INSTEAD

Pronunciation:  in'sted

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  in place of, or as an alternative to; "Felix became a herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a used car"
  2. [adv]  on the contrary; "rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left"; "he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter"; "used English terms instead of Latin ones"

INSTEAD is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: alternatively, as an alternative, or else, rather



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*stead"\, adv. [Pref. in- + stead place.]
1. In the place or room; -- usually followed by of.

         Let thistles grow of wheat.           --Job xxxi.

         Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of
         Joab.                                 --2 Sam. xvii.

2. Equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of. [R.]

         This very consideration to a wise man is instead of
         a thousand arguments, to satisfy him, that in those
         times no such thing was believed.     --Tillotson.