Substitute etymology


English word substitute comes from Latin statuo, and later Latin substituo (I place next to, under, or instead of. I substitute.)

Etymology of substitute

Detailed word origin of substitute

Dictionary entry Language Definition
statuo Latin (lat) I decide, make up (my mind). I erect. I establish, determine, fix (the form or character of). I hold up, stop, end. I set up, station (in an upright position).
substituo Latin (lat) I place next to, under, or instead of. I substitute.
substitutum Latin (lat)
substitute English (en) (historical) One who enlists for military service in the place of a conscript.. (sports) A player who is available to replace another if the need arises, and who may or may not actually do so.. A replacement or stand-in for something that achieves a similar result or purpose. (intransitive) To serve as a replacement (for someone or something). (transitive) In the phrase "substitute X for Y", [...]

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