instead of
preposition Etymology: Middle English in sted of Date: 13th century in place of ; as a substitute for or alternative to <
chose tea instead of coffee
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  • instead of — or[in place of] also {formal}[in lieu of] {prep.} In the place of; in substitution for; in preference to; rather than. * /I wore mittens instead of gloves./ * /The grown ups had coffee but the children wanted milk in place of coffee./ * /The boys …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • instead of — or[in place of] also {formal}[in lieu of] {prep.} In the place of; in substitution for; in preference to; rather than. * /I wore mittens instead of gloves./ * /The grown ups had coffee but the children wanted milk in place of coffee./ * /The boys …   Dictionary of American idioms

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