Part of speech:

In place of.

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Usage examples "instead":

  1. He found he had written about himself instead of about the girl. - "Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories", Rex Beach.
  2. Instead of her eyes! - "Fairy Prince and Other Stories", Eleanor Hallowell Abbott.
  3. He talked of you more and more, instead of less and less. - "Will Warburton", George Gissing.