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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·stead /ɪnˈstɛd/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·stead adv.
 1. In the place or room; -- usually followed by of.
    Let thistles grow of wheat.   --Job xxxi. 40.
    Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab.   --2 Sam. xvii. 25.
 2. Equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of. [R.]
    This very consideration to a wise man is instead of a thousand arguments, to satisfy him, that in those times no such thing was believed.   --Tillotson.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv 1: in place of, or as an alternative to; "Felix became a
             herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a
             used car" [syn: alternatively, as an alternative,
             or else]
      2: on the contrary; "rather than disappoint the children, he
         did two quick tricks before he left"; "he didn't call;
         rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter"; "used English
         terms instead of Latin ones" [syn: rather]