Hypertext Webster Gateway: "instead"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Instead \In*stead"\, adv. [Pref. in- + stead place.]
1. In the place or room; -- usually followed by of.

Let thistles grow of wheat. --Job xxxi.

Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of
Joab. --2 Sam. xvii.

2. Equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of. [R.]

This very consideration to a wise man is instead of
a thousand arguments, to satisfy him, that in those
times no such thing was believed. --Tillotson.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adv 1: in place of, or as an alternative to; "Felix became a
herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a
used car" [syn: {alternatively}, {as an alternative},
{or else}]
2: 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" [syn: {rather}]

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