- ▪ I. substitute sub‧sti‧tute 1 [ˈsʌbsttjuːt ǁ -tuːt] noun [countable]1. something new or different that can be used instead of something else:
• Sugar substitutes are used by the soft drinks industry.substitute for
• Training is important but it is no substitute for (= cannot take the place of ) experience.2. HUMAN RESOURCES JOBS someone who does someone else's job for a limited period of time:
• We need to find a substitute while she is sick.— substitute adjective [only before a noun] :
• Plastic is sometimes used as a substitute material.
• a substitute driver[m0] ▪ II. substitute substitute 2 verb1. [transitive] to use or do something new or different instead of something else:substitute something for/with something
• Corporations have been able to avoid some tax by substituting debt for equity.
• Byproducts are reduced if a different bleaching agent is substituted for pure chlorine.2. [transitive] to be used or done instead of something else:substitute for
• Synthetic fuels are liquids or gases which may be substituted for oil products or natural gas.3. [intransitive] HUMAN RESOURCES to do someone's job until the person who usually does it is able to do it again:substitute for
• Bill substituted for Larry who was off sick.
* * *Ⅰ.substitute UK US /ˈsʌbstɪtjuːt/ verb► [T] to use something different or new instead of another thing: substitute sth for sth »
Industry must reduce fuel consumption by substituting alternative fuels for fossil fuels.substitute sth with sth »
It takes time to substitute local brands with your own brand names.● substitute for sb — Cf. substitute for sb● substitute for sth — Cf. substitute for sthⅡ.substitute UK US /ˈsʌbstɪtjuːt/ noun [C]► something different or new that is used instead of another thing: (as) a substitute for sth »
We are looking at the possibility of using foreign production as a substitute for exports to foreign markets.cheap/good/poor substitutes »
Cheaper substitutes displaced the product from the world market.»
Early warning of a layoff is no substitute for a job.► WORKPLACE someone who takes the place of another person or does their job for a period of time: a substitute for sb »
Fixed-term contract workers and agency workers are not always direct substitutes for one another.● there's no substitute for sth/doing sth — Cf. there's no substitute for sth/doing sth
Financial and business terms. 2012.