- 1in place of someone or something else
- 2as an alternative or substitute
Using instead: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "instead" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I decided to walk instead of taking the bus.
Instead of going to the party, she stayed home and read a book.
We should use paper bags instead of plastic ones.
I'll have tea instead of coffee.
instead Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with instead
Instead of buying a new car, he decided to fix his old one.
She didn't want to go out; instead of that, she preferred to stay at home.
He was always late for work, instead of which he was fired.
Origins of instead
from Middle English 'in stede', meaning 'in place'
Summary: instead in Brief
The term 'instead' [ɪnˈstɛd] refers to something being done in place of something else. It is often used to suggest an alternative or substitute, as in 'We should use paper bags instead of plastic ones.' 'Instead' can be used in phrases like 'instead of,' which introduces a contrasting idea or action, and 'instead of which,' which introduces a clause that contrasts with or explains what has just been said.