Definition of 'instead'
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Sign up for that course or enter that competition instead of just thinking about it. The Sun (2016)Firm in your belief that the sheep can be herded somewhere else instead. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Instead of just having innovative ideas, you have the tenacity to deal with the details. The Sun (2016)But let's be more generous about it and instead credit the boxer concerned with having had the imagination to improvise. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I'll go and eat a drone this morning instead of something else. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But you know how you'll spend all that glorious, affluent free time instead? Times, Sunday Times (2016)Let's just talk about crime, instead. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He added:'She then used it all the time but instead of sitting on it she would stand on it. The Sun (2017)Love success means focusing on your relationship instead of talking about the past. The Sun (2016)That becomes a way of lifting up the whole city instead of just your tribe. Christianity Today (2000)Maybe you can persuade your ex to see her somewhere else instead of at their home. The Sun (2012)What could humanity have done with the time instead? Times, Sunday Times (2015)Look for variety between the two of you instead of going elsewhere for your fun. The Sun (2009)You open one good bottle of wine instead of three mediocre ones. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Instead of moving towards one another we would coexist alongside one another. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Instead she just keeps muttering to herself. Times, Sunday Times (2015)How about we decide to see something else instead and change the channel? The Sun (2014)Try not to cram too many meetings into your day and instead take time to prepare properly. Times, Sunday Times (2015)After a while it became clear that she was drifting away from land instead of towards it. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Instead it was just an exhibition of tackling techniques. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He was keen to talk about something else instead. The Sun (2009)He asked me to go instead. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Instead of daydreaming about changes, you are ready and able to make them. The Sun (2012)Not a penny, put the cash you would have spent towards your petrol instead. The Sun (2011)At first he wanted to get a taxi home, but was persuaded to go to hospital instead. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Love is rewarding now you focus on all that's good about a relationship instead of looking for flaws. The Sun (2013)Instead of thinking about what we do not want, we need to focus on what we do want. HABIT BUSTING: A 10-step plan that will change your life (2002)
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Translations for 'instead'
British English: instead /ɪnˈstɛd/ ADVERB
If you do not do something, but do something else instead, you do the second thing and not the first thing.
He didn't go out with his friends. He went to the movies instead.
- American English: instead
- Arabic: بَدَلَاً مِنْ
- Brazilian Portuguese: em vez
- Chinese: 代替
- Croatian: umjesto toga
- Czech: místo něčeho jiného
- Danish: i stedet
- Dutch: in plaats daarvan
- European Spanish: en cambio
- Finnish: sen sijaan
- French: plutôt au lieu
- German: anstatt
- Greek: αντ’ αυτού
- Italian: invece
- Japanese: その代わりに
- Korean: 그 대신에
- Norwegian: i stedet
- Polish: zamiast tego
- European Portuguese: em vez
- Romanian: în schimb
- Russian: взамен
- Spanish: en cambio
- Swedish: i stället
- Thai: แทน
- Turkish: yerine
- Ukrainian: натомість
- Vietnamese: thay vì
Definition of instead from the Collins English Dictionary
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