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instead is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
 instead

Pronunciation

• IPA: /ɪn.ˈstɛd/
•  Audio (US) (file)

Preposition

 Preposition instead
1. ${\displaystyle x}$ instead of ${\displaystyle y}$ means: not ${\displaystyle y}$ but ${\displaystyle x}$.
I'll have water instead of coffee, thanks.
Instead of going to Italy, let's go to Paris.
I don't use the phone anymore. I use e-mail instead.
Children don't watch TV anymore. Instead, they read.