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  1. [noun] a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    Synonyms: replacement

  2. [noun] an athlete who plays only when another member of the team drops out
    Synonyms: reserve

  3. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: stand-in, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in

  4. [verb] 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: replace

  5. [verb] be a substitute; "The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague"; "The skim milk substitutes for cream
    Synonyms: sub, stand in, fill in

  6. [verb] act as a substitute; "She stood in for the soprano who suffered from a cold"
    Synonyms: deputize, deputise, step in

  7. [adjective] being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team
    Synonyms: second-string

  8. [adjective] capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; "a utility infielder"
    Synonyms: utility

  9. [adjective] artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee"
    Synonyms: ersatz


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