Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun substitute

3 senses of substitute

Sense 1
substitute, replacement -- (a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another)
       => equivalent -- (a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc; "send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps")

Sense 2
substitute, reserve, second-stringer -- (an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced)
       => athlete, jock -- (a person trained to compete in sports)

Sense 3
stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in -- (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")
       => peer, equal, match, compeer -- (a person who is of equal standing with another in a group)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb substitute

3 senses of substitute

Sense 1
substitute, replace, interchange, exchange -- (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"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 2
substitute, sub, stand in, fill in -- (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")
       => exchange, change, interchange -- (give to, and receive from, one another; "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year")

Sense 3
substitute, deputize, deputise, step in -- (act as a substitute; "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold")
       => supplant, replace, supersede, supervene upon, supercede -- (take the place or move into the position of; "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")

Antonyms of adj substitute

3 senses of substitute

Sense 1
utility (prenominal), substitute (prenominal) -- (capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; "a utility infielder")

INDIRECT (VIA secondary) -> primary -- (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest")

Sense 2
alternate, alternative, substitute -- (serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan")

INDIRECT (VIA secondary) -> primary -- (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest")

Sense 3
ersatz, substitute -- (artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee")

INDIRECT (VIA artificial) -> natural -- (existing in or produced by nature; not artificial or imitation; "a natural pearl"; "natural gas"; "natural silk"; "natural blonde hair"; "a natural sweetener"; "natural fertilizers")

Similarity of adj substitute

3 senses of substitute

Sense 1
utility (prenominal), substitute (prenominal) -- (capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; "a utility infielder")
       => secondary (vs. primary) -- (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams")

Sense 2
alternate, alternative, substitute -- (serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan")
       => secondary (vs. primary) -- (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams")

Sense 3
ersatz, substitute -- (artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee")
       => artificial (vs. natural), unreal -- (contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners")

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