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substitute

verb [I/T]  /ˈsʌb·stɪˌtut/ us  
to use someone or something instead of another person or thing: [T] You can substitute oil for butter in this recipe. [I] He was called on to substitute for the ailing star last night.
substitute
noun [C]  /ˈsʌb·stɪˌtut/ us  
Talk is a poor substitute for action.
Translations of “substitute”
in Korean 대체품, 대리인…
in Arabic بَديل…
in French substituer…
in Turkish vekil, yedek…
in Italian sostituto, -a, surrogato…
in Chinese (Traditional) 用…代替,代之以…
in Russian заместитель, замена…
in Polish zastęp-ca/czyni, zamiennik…
in Spanish sustituir…
in Portuguese substituto…
in German ersetzen…
in Catalan substitut, -a…
in Japanese 代わりの人(物), 代理人, 代用品…
in Chinese (Simplified) 用…代替,代之以…
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