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 Dictionary entry overview: What does instead mean? 

INSTEAD (adverb)
  The adverb INSTEAD has 2 senses:

1. in place of, or as an alternative to
2. on the contrary

  Familiarity information: INSTEAD used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INSTEAD (adverb)

Sense 1instead [BACK TO TOP]


In place of, or as an alternative to


alternatively; as an alternative; instead; or else

Context examples:

Felix became a herpetologist instead / alternatively we could buy a used car

Sense 2instead [BACK TO TOP]


On the contrary


rather; instead

Context examples:

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

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