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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INSTEAD, insted'. [a compound of in and stead, place; but stead retains its character of a noun, and is followed by of; instead of, in the same manner as in the stead of.]
In the place or room of.
Let thistles grow instead of wheat. Job 31.
Absalom made Amasa captain of the hose instead of Joab.
1 Samuel 17.
This consideration is instead of a thousand arguments. In this use, instead may be equivalent to equal to.
When instead is used without of following, there is an ellipsis, or some words are understood.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

adverb Date: 1667 1. as a substitute or equivalent <was going to write but called instead> 2. as an alternative to something expressed or implied ; rather <longed instead for a quiet country life>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adv. 1 (foll. by of) as a substitute or alternative to; in place of (instead of this one; stayed instead of going). 2 as an alternative (took me instead) (cf. STEAD). Etymology: ME, f. IN + STEAD

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 40. Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab. --2 Sam. xvii. 25. 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If you do one thing instead of another, you do the first thing and not the second thing, as the result of a choice or a change of behaviour. They raised prices and cut production, instead of cutting costs... Instead of going to work thinking that it will be totally boring, try to be positive. PREP-PHRASE: PREP n/-ing 2. If you do not do something, but do something else instead, you do the second thing and not the first thing, as the result of a choice or a change of behaviour. My husband asked why I couldn't just forget about dieting all the time and eat normally instead. ADV: ADV with cl

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

ad. In lieu, in the room, in (the) place.

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