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noun [countable] substitute pronunciation in American English /ˈsʌbstɪˌtut/
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  1. 1
    something that is used instead of something else
    We couldn’t get cream, so we used yogurt as a substitute.
    a milk/sugar/meat substitute
    substitute for: a synthetic substitute for rubber
    1. a.
      [only before noun] used as a substitute
      a substitute form of energy
    2. b.
      something that people accept instead of something else, even though they know that it is not as good or as useful
      Rituals and superstitions may become a substitute for a religious life.
      a poor/inadequate substitute: Of course a pet is a poor substitute for human companionship.
      be no substitute for something (=to not be as good): Feeling sorry for someone is no substitute for love.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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