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• 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
|Sense 1||instead [BACK TO TOP]|
In place of, or as an alternative to
Felix became a herpetologist instead / alternatively we could buy a used car
|Sense 2||instead [BACK TO TOP]|
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
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