substitute verb - definition in the Business English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “substitute”

See all translations

substitute

verb
 
 
/ˈsʌbstɪtjuːt/
[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 [I] WORKPLACE to take the place of another person or do their job for a period of time: She was asked to substitute for the absent committee chairman.
substitute for sth [I] to do the same job as another thing or take its place: The government expects natural gas to substitute for oil exports in the future. Many dot.com companies have learnt that technology can never substitute for customer service.
Translations of “substitute”
in Arabic يَستَبدِل…
in Korean 대신하다…
in Malaysian ganti…
in French substituer…
in Turkish yerine koymak, yerine kullanmak…
in Italian sostituire…
in Chinese (Traditional) 用…代替,代之以…
in Russian заменять…
in Polish zastępować…
in Vietnamese đặt, dùng ai, cái gì thay thế cái khác…
in Spanish sustituir…
in Portuguese substituir…
in Thai เข้าแทนที่…
in German ersetzen…
in Catalan substituir…
in Japanese ~を代理にする, ~を代用する…
in Indonesian menggantikan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 用…代替,代之以…
(Definition of substitute verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of substitute?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “substitute” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

disappear off the face of the earth

to disappear completely

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More