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Synonyms for substitute
ˈsʌb stɪˌtut, -ˌtyutsub·sti·tute

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. substituteverb

    To change is distinctively to make a thing other than it has been, in some respect at least; to exchange to put or take something else in its place; to alter is ordinarily to change partially, to make different in one or more particulars. To exchange is often to transfer ownership; as, to exchange city for country property. Change is often used in the sense of exchange; as, to change horses. To transmute is to change the qualities while the substance remains the same; as, to transmute the baser metals into gold. To transform is to change form or appearance, with or without deeper and more essential change; it is less absolute than transmute, tho sometimes used for that word, and is often used in a spiritual sense as transmute could not be; "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind," Rom. xii, 2. Transfigure is, as in its Scriptural use, to change in an exalted and glorious spiritual way; "Jesus ... was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light," Matt. xvii, 1, 2. To metamorphose is to make some remarkable change, ordinarily in external qualities, but often in structure, use, or chemical constitution, as of a caterpillar into a butterfly, of the stamens of a plant into petals, or of the crystalline structure of rocks, hence called "metamorphic rocks," as when a limestone is metamorphosed into a marble. To vary is to change from time to time, often capriciously. To commute is to put something easier, lighter, milder, or in some way more favorable in place of that which is commuted; as, to commute capital punishment to imprisonment for life; to commute daily fares on a railway to a monthly payment. To convert (Latin con, with, and verto, turn) is to primarily turn about, and signifies to change in form, character, use, etc., through a wide range of relations; iron is converted into steel, joy into grief, a sinner into a saint. To turn is a popular word for change in any sense short of the meaning of exchange, being often equivalent to alter, convert, transform, transmute, etc. We modify or qualify a statement which might seem too strong; we modify it by some limitation, qualify it by some addition.

    alter, change, change, commute, convert, diversify, exchange, metamorphose, modify, qualify, shift, transfigure, transform, transmute, turn, vary, veer

    abide, bide, continue, endure, hold, keep, persist, remain, retain, stay

    To change a home toilet for a street dress; to change from a caterpillar to or into a butterfly; to change clothes with a beggar.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. substitute

    exchange, commute, represent, replace, supply, depute

    retain, fix, continue, perpetuate, stabilitate, establish

Princeton's WordNet

  1. substitute, replacementnoun

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

    fill-in, substitution, refilling, relief, successor, replacing, backup, renewal, backup man, reliever, second-stringer, transposition, permutation, surrogate, reserve, replacement, alternate, replenishment, stand-in, switch

    primary, natural

  2. substitute, reserve, second-stringernoun

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

    fill-in, relief, replacement, backup, backlog, backup man, reliever, second-stringer, military reserve, reserve, modesty, reticence, stand-in, stockpile, reservation, taciturnity

    natural, primary

  3. stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-inadjective

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

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

    backup man, rest period, second-stringer, stand-in, respite, support, accompaniment, ease, backup, rest, succour, allayer, assuagement, relief pitcher, musical accompaniment, rilievo, easing, replacement, reserve, easement, reliever, relief, alleviation, fill-in, succor, comforter, relievo, moderation, computer backup, ministration, sculptural relief, embossment, championship, backing, patronage, fireman

    natural, primary

  4. utility(a), substitute(a)adjective

    capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team

    "a utility infielder"

    primary, natural

  5. alternate, alternative, substituteadjective

    serving or used in place of another

    "an alternative plan"

    alternate, alternating(a), utility(a), ersatz, alternate(a), alternative, substitute(a)

    primary, natural

  6. ersatz, substituteverb

    artificial and inferior

    "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee"

    substitute(a), alternate, alternative, ersatz, utility(a)

    primary, natural

  7. substitute, replace, interchange, exchangeverb

    put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

    "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"

    change, fill in, interchange, step in, replace, supervene upon, supercede, tack, alternate, deputize, commute, switch over, exchange, flip, supplant, transpose, stand in, put back, convert, switch, supersede, flip-flop, deputise, counterchange, sub

    natural, primary

  8. substitute, sub, stand in, fill inverb

    be a substitute

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

    make out, fill in, sub, exchange, shade, fill out, step in, deputise, stand in, complete, replace, deputize, interchange

    natural, primary

  9. substitute, deputize, deputise, step inverb

    act as a substitute

    "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"

    depute, fill in, sub, exchange, intervene, step in, interpose, deputise, stand in, interfere, replace, deputize, interchange

    primary, natural

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Editors Contribution

  1. replaceverb

    take the place of

    let's replace the star player.

    Submitted by truettt on September 21, 2021  
  2. take the place of

    Submitted by truettt on September 21, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. substituteverb

    exchange, commute, put in the place of

  2. substitutenoun

    proxy, lieutenant, agent, deputy, LOCUM TENENS

  3. substitutenoun

    makeshift, temporary expedient

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. substitutenoun

    deputy, proxy, representative, agent, lieutenant, delegate, vicar, envoy, locum tenens, makeshift, expedient, shift, resource

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  2. substituteverb

    exchange, commute

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How to use substitute in a sentence?

  1. Wade Henderson:

    His comments strongly reinforce the skepticism that many in the black community have about the sincerity of his outreach and his understanding of the complexity of inequality in American life, outreach to the black community is important, but a doctrinaire conservative response to Baltimore's unrest is no substitute for a willingness to learn about systemic injustice or to confront the harsh realities of police abuse. I expected more from him.

  2. Alexander Kvamme:

    The earlier in the company, the more creative Rami Essaid need to be, the more problem solving Rami Essaid're doing, and getting people in the same room to hash out problems, there's no substitute.

  3. Kyrsten Sinema:

    There's no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There's no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy, this week's harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.

  4. Stanton Glantz:

    Everybody, including me, used to think e-cigarettes are like cigarettes but not as bad. If you substitute a few e-cigarettes for cigarettes, you're probably better off, it turns out you're worse off.

  5. Wang Xiaoyang:

    Also, this is just a suggestion to companies, not forceful (rules) they must implement. Whether firms will choose to substitute or not depends on the cost, the cost is the fundamental factor.

Translations for substitute

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  • استبدلArabic
  • canviar, substitut, substituirCatalan, Valencian
  • náhradník, nahradit, náhradaCzech
  • amnewidWelsh
  • Ersatz, ersetzen, ErsatzspielerGerman
  • αναπληρωτής, αντικαταστάτης, αντικαθιστώ, αναπληρωματικός, υποκατάστατο, αλλάζω, υποκαθιστώ, αναπληρώνωGreek
  • anstataŭaĵoEsperanto
  • substituir, sustituir, substituto, sustitutoSpanish
  • جانشینPersian
  • varaosa, korvata, vaihtaa, sijainen, vaihtopelaaja, korvikeFinnish
  • substituer, de, remplacer, place, en, substitut, remplaçant, mettreFrench
  • bean ionaid, fear ionaid, ionadaíIrish
  • pótlék, pótol, helyettes, helyettesítHungarian
  • sostituire, rimpiazzo, sostitutoItalian
  • 替える, 代用する, 代える, 替わるJapanese
  • 대용Korean
  • substitutusLatin
  • whakakapiMāori
  • vervanging, vervanger, substitueren, vervangen, plaatsvervangerDutch
  • podstawiać, zastąpić, zamienićPolish
  • substituto, substituirPortuguese
  • substituitor, locțiitor, substitut, substitui, înlocui, înlocuitor, substituentRomanian
  • заменитель, замещать, заменять, замена, заместить, заменитьRussian
  • nadomjestiti, zamjena, заменити, zamijeniti, замена, supstitut, nadomjestak, надоместак, надоместити, supstituiratiSerbo-Croatian
  • substituera, avbytare, substitut, ersättaSwedish
  • ప్రత్యామ్నాయంTelugu
  • haliliTagalog
  • متبادلUrdu
  • thay thếVietnamese
  • פאַרטרעטערYiddish
  • 替代Chinese

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