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  • n. A substitute; a replacement.
  • v. To substitute for; to replace; (theater) to serve as an understudy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be a substitute


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  • Marina is home tonight, too, and as I stand in the hallway under the coatrack among the crinkly raincoat sleeves, I hear the muted sizzling of their voices.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • He got up, came around his desk to stand in front of the troubled-looking youth, stared down at him.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Back inside, as everyone is herded into the bathroom to sit on tin potties, Genka and I stand in opposite corners of the room.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • When all ten lectures have been copied and memorized, we will take an exam: each of us will stand in the front of a bus filled with the rest of our group and recite a part of the tour chosen at random by Maria Mikhailovna.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • One of these days I will go and stand in that graveyard and contemplate the light over the Slaney, the simple beauty of grey Irish light over water, and know that I, like anyone else who was born, will be condemned eventually to lie in darkness as long as time lasts.

    The Empty Family

  • THE British last stand in the Carolinas came on September 8 at Eutaw Springs, even though, after four hours of hard fighting, the Americans lost the opportunity for a decisive victory by giving themselves up to plunder as the British fled their camp.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • I found work at a burrito stand in Lincoln Heights where I hauled bags of garbage, emptied the grease traps, and cleaned out the toilets.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • For myself, I must declare and avow that in the master states of the world I know not the people or senate who, in such a complication of difficult circumstances, can stand in preference to the delegates of America assembled in General Congress at Philadelphia.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • Because of the level of coverage, the loose and pressed formulas stand in for liquid foundation and powder, actually covering and calming redness all at once, without the buildup or cakiness of creme-to-powder foundations.

    The Truth About Beauty

  • He was not a pre-millenarian, one of those who believe that chaos on earth is an indication of the imminence of the Second Coming and that the faithful should therefore do nothing to stand in its way.

    The Killing Kind


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