Hypertext Webster Gateway: "substitute"

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

Substitute \Sub"stit"ute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Substituted}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Substituting}.] [See {Substitute}, n.]
To put in the place of another person or thing; to exchange.

Some few verses are inserted or substituted in the room
of others. --Congreve.

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

Substitute \Sub"stit"ute\, n. [L. substitutus, p. p. of
substituere to put under, put in the place of; sub under +
statuere to put, place: cf. F. substitut. See {Statute}.]
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; specifically (Mil.), a person who enlists
for military service in the place of a conscript or drafted

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a
team [syn: {second-string}, {substitute(a)}]
2: capable of substituting in any of several positions on a
team; "a utility infielder" [syn: {utility(a)}, {substitute(a)}]
3: artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "coffee
substitute" [syn: {ersatz}, {imitation}, {substitute(p)}]
n 1: a person or thing that takes or can take the place of
another [syn: {replacement}]
2: an athlete who plays only when another member of the team
drops out [syn: {reserve}]
3: 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" [syn: {stand-in}, {relief}, {reliever}, {backup},
{backup man}, {fill-in}]
v 1: 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"
[syn: {replace}]
2: be a substitute [syn: {sub}, {stand in}, {fill in}]
3: act as a substitute for [syn: {deputize}, {deputise}, {stand
in}, {step in}]

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