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From Middle English in stede of, in stude of (instead of, literally in stead of, in place of), equivalent to in +‎ stead +‎ of. Cognate with Saterland Frisian insteede, ansteede (instead of), West Frisian ynstee (instead of), German anstatt (von) (instead of), Danish i stedet (instead of).

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instead of

  1. In lieu of; in place of; rather than.
    He walked to school instead of taking the car.

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