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Definitions of substitute

  1. 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"
  2. act as a substitute for
  3. artificial and inferior; " ersatz coffee"; " coffee substitute"
  4. 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"
  5. a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
  6. an athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out
  7. being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team
  8. capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; " a utility infielder"
  9. 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"
  10. act as a substitute; " She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"
  11. artificial and inferior; " ersatz coffee"; " substitute coffee"
  12. One who, or that which, is substituted or put in the place of another; one who acts for another; that which stands in lieu of something else
  13. a person who enlists for military service in the place of a conscript or drafted man.
  14. To put in the place of another person or thing; to exchange.
  15. One who, or that which, is put in the place of another.
  16. To put in the place of someone or something else; exchange.
  17. To put in place of another.
  18. One who or that which is put in place of another.
  19. Person or thing put in the place of another.
  20. To put in place of.
  21. To put in the place of another; replace.
  22. One who or that which takes the place of another.
  23. Substitution.
  24. A person or thing put in the place of another.
  25. To put in the place of another.
  26. One put to occupy the place or position of another; one who acts for another; a deputy.
  27. To put in the place of another; to change; to exchange.
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Quotes of substitute

  1. Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth. – Aesop
  2. However successful you are, there is no substitute for a close relationship. We all need them. – Francesca Annis
  3. We can believe that we know where the world should go. But unless we're in touch with our customers, our model of the world can diverge from reality. There's no substitute for innovation, of course, but innovation is no substitute for being in touch, either. – Steve Ballmer
  4. I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard. – Maria Bartiromo
  5. When we say that Philosophy tries to clear up the meanings of concepts we do not mean that it is simply concerned to substitute some long phrase for some familiar word. – Charles D. Broad
  6. Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience. – Benjamin Cardozo
  7. I am not authorized to fire substitute teachers. – Nancy Cartwright
  8. When I put some Tabasco on things, and there's really nothing in Tabasco, it's not bad for you in any way, so that's kind of become my substitute Now you got to get used to a hot mouth, but that's okay. – Mike Ditka
  9. There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men. – Lee Iacocca
  10. It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance... and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process. – Henry James
  11. Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence. – Russell Lynes
  12. Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes. – James Madison
  13. The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. – W. Somerset Maugham
  14. There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken -for -granted relationship. – Iris Murdoch
  15. Advertising is, actually, a simple phenomenon in terms of economics. It is merely a substitute for a personal sales force- an extension, if you will, of the merchant who cries aloud his wares. – Rosser Reeves

Usage examples for substitute

  1. The youth whose love she must give up would be able to comfort himself with the thought that many others had had much worse to bear, and he would find no difficulty in getting a substitute though not so beautiful a one. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. To a real and complete woman no child can ever be the perfect substitute for a husband or a lover. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  3. This makes a splendid substitute for glass. – Boys' Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates
  4. " I dare say you'll be Maggie somebody else ere I meet you again," she said to Maggie, at parting, and Mr. Carrollton, on the journey home, found it hard to keep from asking her if for the " somebody else" she would substitute his name, and so be " Maggie Carrollton." – Maggie Miller by Mary J. Holmes
  5. The smell of the cheap, vile tobacco, bad as it was, became a welcome substitute for the odor of the man himself. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge
  6. I always wondered what took you to that strange substitute for church; but now I see in it the hand of Providence pointing the way to Miss Ramsay's lecture field. – Americans and Others by Agnes Repplier
  7. In such a case the best substitute is cow's milk. – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management by Ministry of Education
  8. Our duty at the substitute camp was to perform the guard duty necessary to keep the men from escaping, and also to act as guard in taking men from this post to the front. – History of the Dewitt guard, company A, 50th regiment National guard, state of New York by Unknown
  9. If, in the campaign which she and Danny had planned, there had to be a substitute lady, why, as an after- thought, should not Rosie herself be that lady? – The Rosie World by Parker Fillmore
  10. Till that time Frank must content himself with acting as my substitute at home. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  11. By the time the camp was ready for a noon meal the word had flown about that at Jim Courtot's House one could get food, water and a widely- known substitute for whisky. – The Desert Valley by Jackson Gregory
  12. Suppose I were suddenly to be called to act as substitute somewhere. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  13. So I had to find a substitute – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  14. If a word served his turn better than a substitute he would use it as many times in a page as he chose. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  15. She had but one comfort left- that no one would prevent her from creeping up to her own desolate garret, which was now the dreary substitute for Brownie's stall. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  16. What would you substitute for it? – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  17. Flour with butter or substitute mixed and cooked as in White Sauce, is used for this purpose. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  18. As his substitute he left a Hubilgan who made friends with the Chinese doctor and inquired from him the purposes and details of his arrival. – Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski
  19. If we substitute it for only in the preceding example the meaning of the sentence will depend upon the arrangement. – How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin

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