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Verb: substitute  'súb-sti,t(y)oot
  1. Put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
    "substitute regular milk for fat-free milk";
    - replace, interchange, exchange, sub [informal]
  2. Be a substitute
    "The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet"; "The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague";
    - sub [informal], stand in, fill in
  3. Act or speak as a replacement (for someone or something)
    - deputize, deputise [Brit], step in, sub [informal]
Noun: substitute  'súb-sti,t(y)oot
  1. A person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    - replacement
  2. An athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
    - reserve, second-stringer
  3. Someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
    "the star had a substitute for dangerous scenes";
    - stand-in, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in
Adjective: substitute  'súb-sti,t(y)oot
  1. Capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
    "a substitute infielder";
    - utility
  2. Serving or used in place of another
    - alternate, alternative
  3. Artificial and inferior
    "substitute coffee";
    - ersatz

Derived forms: substituting, substituted, substitutes

See also: artificial, secondary, unreal

Type of: alter, athlete, change, compeer, equal, equivalent, exchange, interchange, jock [N. Amer, informal], match, modify, peer, replace, supercede [non-standard], supersede, supervene upon, supplant

Part of: bench

Encyclopedia: Substitute