Synonyms for substitute

Synonyms for (noun) substitute

Synonyms: replacement, substitute

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

Similar words: equivalent

Definition: a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc

Usage: send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps


Synonyms: stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in

Definition: someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

Usage: the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes; we need extra employees for summer fill-ins

Similar words: peer, match, compeer, equal

Definition: a person who is of equal standing with another in a group


Synonyms: substitute, reserve, second-stringer

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

Similar words: athlete, jock

Definition: a person trained to compete in sports

Synonyms for (verb) substitute

Synonyms: exchange, replace, interchange, substitute

Definition: put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

Usage: 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

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue


Synonyms: substitute, sub, fill in, stand in

Definition: be a substitute

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

Similar words: change, interchange, exchange

Definition: give to, and receive from, one another

Usage: Would you change places with me?; We have been exchanging letters for a year


Synonyms: deputise, deputize, step in, substitute

Definition: act as a substitute

Usage: She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold

Similar words: supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant, replace

Definition: take the place or move into the position of

Usage: Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left; the computer has supplanted the slide rule; Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school

Synonyms for (adjective) substitute

Synonyms: substitute, ersatz

Definition: artificial and inferior

Usage: ersatz coffee; substitute coffee

Similar words: unreal, artificial

Definition: contrived by art rather than nature

Usage: artificial flowers; artificial flavoring; an artificial diamond; artificial fibers; artificial sweeteners


Synonyms: alternate, alternative, substitute

Definition: serving or used in place of another

Usage: an alternative plan

Similar words: secondary

Definition: being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate

Usage: the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher; a secondary source; a secondary issue; secondary streams


Synonyms: substitute, utility

Definition: capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team

Usage: a utility infielder

Similar words: secondary

Definition: being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate

Usage: the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher; a secondary source; a secondary issue; secondary streams