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adverb instead pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈsted/
  1. used for saying that one person, thing, or action replaces another
    If you don’t have olive oil, you can use sunflower oil instead.
    The committee has rejected our proposal. Instead, they have brought forward an alternative plan.
    instead of: Tickets will cost only $5, instead of the usual $8.
    Alison will be playing instead of me on Saturday.
    instead of doing something: Can’t we deal with this now instead of waiting until tomorrow?


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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