from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In the place of something previously mentioned; as a substitute or an equivalent: Having planned to drive, we walked instead.
- adv. In preference; as an alternative: yearned instead for a home and family.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. In the place of something (usually mentioned earlier); as a substitute or alternative
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In the place or room; -- usually followed by of.
- adv. Equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the stead; in place or room; hence, in equivalence or substitution: followed by of.
- In its stead; in place of it, or of the thing or act mentioned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in place of, or as an alternative to
- adv. on the contrary
Middle English in sted of, in place of : in, in; see in1 + stede, place; see stead + of, of; see of.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
in + stead, from Middle English ine ("in") + stede ("stead"). (Wiktionary)