If you do one thing instead of
another, you do the first thing and not the second
thing, as the result of a choice
or a change of behaviour
She had to spend nearly four months away from him that summer, instead of the usual
Check-out workers in London will receive £7.17 an hour instead of £7.54.
They raised prices and cut production, instead of cutting costs.
Instead of going to work thinking that it will be totally boring, try to be positive.
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