An example of substitute used as an adjective is a substitute teacher who comes in when a teacher is sick.
An example of to substitute is to use applesauce instead of oil in a recipe.
An example of to substitute is to have someone run for a hitter in a baseball game.
An example of a substitute is a shirt offered at a store when the original shirt listed in a sale flyer has sold out.
I had no shallots so I substituted onion.
I had to substitute new parts for the old ones.
I had to substitute old parts with the new ones.
He was playing poorly and was substituted after twenty minutes.
Origin of substitute
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin substitutum, past participle of substituo.