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Dictionary definition for: Substitute

1. (n) a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another

2. (v) put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items; "the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt" "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"

3. (n) an athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out

4. (v) be a substitute; "The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague" "The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet"

5. (n) someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult) "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes" "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"

6. (v) act as a substitute; "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"

7. (s) artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee" "substitute coffee"

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