Definition of

Instead

  1. (adv, all) in place of, or as an alternative to
    alternatively we could buy a used car
  2. (adv, all) on the contrary
    he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter
    used English terms instead of Latin ones

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Instead

alternatively, or else, rather

Origin of the word Instead

  1. 1590s, from M.E. ine stede (early 13c.; see stead); still often two words until after c.1640. A loan-translation of L. in loco (Fr. en lieu de). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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