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Definition 1: a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is a kind of ...) a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc

"send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps"

(... is a kind of substitute ) an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation

(... is a kind of substitute ) a thing or person that immediately replaces something or someone

(... is a kind of substitute ) (medicine) something that can be used as a substitute (especially any medicine that may be taken in place of another)

Definition 2: someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult) - [noun denoting person]

Samples where substitute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes
  • we need extra employees for summer fill-ins

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is a kind of ...) a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

(... is a kind of substitute ) someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession

(... is a kind of substitute ) a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts

"his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable"

(... is a kind of substitute ) someone who takes the place of another person

Definition 3: an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is a kind of ...) a person trained to compete in sports

(... is a kind of substitute ) (sports) a substitute who seldom plays

(... is a kind of substitute ) (baseball) a substitute for the regular batter

(... is a member of substitute) the reserve players on a team

"our team has a strong bench"

Definition 4: put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items - [verb of possession]

Samples where substitute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt
  • substitute regular milk for fat-free milk
  • synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of substitute ) move and exchange for another

"shift the date for our class reunion"

(... is a kind of substitute ) simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another

(... is a kind of substitute ) replace a corner by a plane

(... is a kind of substitute ) provide (a workshop or factory) with new tools

(... is a kind of substitute ) substitute one creditor for another, as in the case where an insurance company sues the person who caused an accident for the insured

Definition 5: be a substitute - [verb of possession]

Samples where substitute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague
  • The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is a kind of ...) give to, and receive from, one another

"Would you change places with me?" "We have been exchanging letters for a year"

Samples where substitute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is a kind of ...) take the place or move into the position of

"Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left" "the computer has supplanted the slide rule" "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"

(... is a kind of substitute ) help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities

"She is covering for our secretary who is ill this week"

Definition 7: artificial and inferior - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where substitute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ersatz coffee
  • substitute coffee

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is similar to ...) contrived by art rather than nature

"artificial flowers" "artificial flavoring" "an artificial diamond" "artificial fibers" "artificial sweeteners"

Definition 8: serving or used in place of another - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where substitute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an alternative plan

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is similar to ...) being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate

"the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher" "a secondary source" "a secondary issue" "secondary streams"

Definition 9: capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where substitute or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a utility infielder

Synonyms for substitute in the sense of this definition

(substitute is similar to ...) being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate

"the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher" "a secondary source" "a secondary issue" "secondary streams"

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