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.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Instead of is always followed by a noun (often a gerund).