Instead meaning in English | Easy explanation | Indian dictionary

Instead meaning in English: In this article, the meaning of the word ‘Instead’ is explained in easy English with examples, along with its synonyms and antonyms.

Instead’ pronunciation= in-sted

Instead meaning in English

1. In the place of something. 

2. as a substitute or alternative.

‘Instead’ is used as a substitute in a sentence.

Instead- English meaning
instead of
in place of
in lieu of
apart from


The word ‘Instead’ acts as an adverb.

‘Instead’ can come in different parts of the sentence like at the beginning, at the end, and in the middle.

Usually, when using ‘Instead’ in a sentence, the word ‘of’ is added to it (Instead of).

Sentences that can be formed using the word ‘Instead’ are as follows.


▪ Instead of dieting, you should eat healthily.

▪ We sometimes drink tea, instead of milk.

▪ Now, I go to school on foot instead of by bus.

▪ I always read books instead of watching movies.

▪ You shouldn’t ride. You should stay at home instead.

▪ Instead of wasting your time on gossip, take a book and try to read it.

▪ You should talk to her instead of writing a letter.

▪ Instead of wasting my time on Facebook, I am doing my study.

▪ I don’t like coffee. I will have tea instead.

▪ Instead of drinking cold drinks in summer, you should drink buttermilk.

▪ We should eat more green vegetables instead of junk food.

‘Instead’ other meanings

mute Instead= In lieu of, turning off the sound

so instead of fighting it= So excepting from fighting it

Instead of that= Excepting that

instead of this= Excepting this

instead of meeting a perfect person= Apart from meeting a perfect person

instead of you= Excepting you

instead of medicine= In place of medicine

instead of a number= Excepting a number

‘Instead’ Synonyms-antonyms

The synonyms of the word ‘Instead’ are as follows.

in lieu
by choice
in place of
as against
as opposed to

The antonyms of the word ‘Instead’ are as follows.

as well as


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