Definitions for substitute

Definitions for (noun) substitute

Main entry: replacement, substitute

Definition: a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another

Main entry: stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in

Definition: someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

Usage: the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes; we need extra employees for summer fill-ins

Main entry: substitute, reserve, second-stringer

Definition: an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced

Definitions for (verb) substitute

Main entry: exchange, replace, interchange, substitute

Definition: put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

Usage: 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

Main entry: substitute, sub, fill in, stand in

Definition: be a substitute

Usage: The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague; The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet

Main entry: deputise, deputize, step in, substitute

Definition: act as a substitute

Usage: She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold

Definitions for (adj) substitute

Main entry: substitute, ersatz

Definition: artificial and inferior

Usage: ersatz coffee; substitute coffee

Main entry: alternate, alternative, substitute

Definition: serving or used in place of another

Usage: an alternative plan

Main entry: substitute, utility

Definition: capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team

Usage: a utility infielder

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