Definitions for: Substitute

[n] a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
[n] 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"
[n] an athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out
[v] 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"
[v] be a substitute
[v] act as a substitute for

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

Hast thou not made me here thy substitute? --Milton.

Ladies [in Shakespeare's age] . . . wore masks as the sole
substitute known to our ancestors for the modern parasol.
--De Quincey.

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.

Synonyms: backup, backup man, deputise, deputize, fill in, fill-in, relief, reliever, replace, replacement, reserve, stand in, stand in, stand-in, step in, sub

See Also: alternate, athlete, bench, bench warmer, change, compeer, cover, double, equal, equivalent, exchange, interchange, jock, locum, locum tenens, match, peer, pinch hitter, reduce, replace, replacement, retool, shift, stunt man, stunt woman, subrogate, succedaneum, successor, supersede, supervene upon, supplant, surrogate, truncate

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