Meaning of “instead” in the English Dictionary

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"instead" in British English

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uk /ɪnˈsted/ us /ɪnˈsted/

A2 in place of someone or something else:

There's no coffee - would you like a cup of tea instead?

More examples

  • I'm going to drop yoga and do aerobics instead.
  • How on earth could they knock down a lovely old building like that and put a car park there instead?

(Definition of “instead” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instead" in American English

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insteadadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ɪnˈsted/

rather than; as an alternative:

If we don’t go to Europe this summer, where would you like to go instead (= what other place would you like to go)?
We went by train instead of by car.

(Definition of “instead” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)