- Instead is defined as something chosen in place of or as a substitute for something else.
When you want to have ice cream but you are out and you settle for pudding, this is an example of a situation where you had pudding instead.
Origin of insteadin + stead
- In the place of something previously mentioned; as a substitute or an equivalent: Having planned to drive, we walked instead.
- In preference; as an alternative: yearned instead for a home and family.
Origin of insteadMiddle English in sted of, in place of : in, in; see in1 + stede, place; see stead + of, of; see of.