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Synonyms for instead
ɪnˈstɛdin·stead

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  1. insteadadverb

    Synonyms:
    in lieu of

  2. insteadadverb

    In the place of something (usually mentioned earlier); as a substitute or alternative

    I was going to go shopping, but I went dancing instead.

    Synonyms:
    in lieu of

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alternatively, instead, or elseadverb

    in place of, or as an alternative to

    "Felix became a herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a used car"

    Synonyms:
    alternatively, rather, or else

  2. rather, insteadadverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    sooner, kinda, alternatively, quite, or else, sort of, preferably, kind of, rather

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. insteadadjective

    Synonyms:
    in lieu, in the room, in the stead, in the place

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "instead":

    rather, lnstead, conversely, pretty, however, alternatively

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#1094rather
#1391quite
#1455instead
#1597pretty
#9293kinda
#9508alternatively
#10479sooner
#11749preferably
#18954conversely

How to use instead in a sentence?

  1. Dorothea Brande:

    The author of genius does keep till his last breath the spontaneity, the ready sensitiveness, of a child, the "innocence of eye" that means so much to the painter, the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new; to see traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God instead of sorting them quickly into dusty categories and pigeon-holing them without wonder or surprise; to feel situations so immediately and keenly that the word "trite" has hardly any meaning for him; and always to see "the correspondences between things" of which Aristotle spoke two thousand years ago.

  2. BreAnna Thunder horse hale:

    If ever there is a time when I can meet you in a world where I'm healthy, I will be contented to love you instead.

  3. John Knowles:

    Wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart.

  4. Major Scott Champagne:

    The final hours of Lori’s life were violent, this was a violent, heinous act committed against her. In circumstances like this, you want to say that the victim didn’t suffer. But I’m not sure this is the case with this particular investigation based on what we know. The suspects, in this case, had more than enough opportunity [to stop] and they failed to do so. Instead, they took it a step further and dismembered her.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    Freedom means that every human life is precious and must be protected, freedom means Supreme Court Justices who don’t dictate policy, but instead follow the Constitution.

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