Instead definitions

ĭn-stĕd'
In the place of something previously mentioned; as a substitute or an equivalent.

Having planned to drive, we walked instead.

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In preference; as an alternative.

Yearned instead for a home and family.

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In place of the person or thing mentioned: as an alternative or substitute.

To feel like crying, but to laugh instead.

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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.

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In the place of something (usually mentioned earlier); as a substitute or alternative.

I was going to go shopping, but I went dancing instead.

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Origin of instead

Middle English in sted of in place of in in in1 stede place stead of of of