Synonyms of substitute


1. substitute, replacement, equivalent

usage: a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another

2. substitute, reserve, second-stringer, athlete, jock

usage: an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced

3. stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in, peer, equal, match, compeer

usage: someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"


1. substitute, replace, interchange, exchange, change, alter, modify

usage: put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items; "the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"

2. substitute, sub, stand in, fill in, exchange, change, interchange

usage: be a substitute; "The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague"; "The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet"

3. substitute, deputize, deputise, step in, supplant, replace, supersede, supervene upon, supercede

usage: act as a substitute; "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"


1. utility(prenominal), substitute(prenominal), secondary (vs. primary)

usage: capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; "a utility infielder"

2. alternate, alternative, substitute, secondary (vs. primary)

usage: serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan"

3. ersatz, substitute, artificial (vs. natural), unreal

usage: artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee"

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