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Definition of substitute verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they substitute
    he / she / it substitutes
    past simple substituted
    -ing form substituting
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  1. 1  to take the place of someone or something else; to use someone or something instead of someone or something else substitute for somebody/something Nothing can substitute for the advice your doctor is able to give you. substitute A for B Margarine can be substituted for butter in this recipe. substitute B with/by A Butter can be substituted with margarine in this recipe. substitute somebody/something Brady was substituted in the second half after a knee injury (= somebody else played instead of Brady in the second half). When for, with, or by are not used, as in the last example, it can be difficult to tell whether the person or thing mentioned is being used, or has been replaced by somebody or something else. The context will usually make this clear.
  2. 2 Can you find someone to substitute for you at the meeting?
  3.  substitution
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  4. NAmE//ˌsʌbstəˈtuʃn//
    noun [uncountable, countable] the substitution of low-fat spreads for butter Two substitutions were made during the game.
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