›the act of using something new or different instead of something else, or the new thing that is used: the substitution of sth (for sth)The governmentplans to encourage the substitution of cheapgenericdrugs for expensive brand-name ones.Telecommuting is not a substitution for child care.
Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014
by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them