1) PHR-PREP: PREP n/-ing If you do one thing instead of another, you do the first thing and not the second thing, as the result of a choice or a change of behaviour.

She had to spend nearly four months away from him that summer, instead of the usual two...

Check-out workers in London will receive ₤7.17 an hour instead of ₤7.54...

They raised prices and cut production, instead of cutting costs...

Instead of going to work thinking that it will be totally boring, try to be positive.

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2) ADV: ADV with cl If you do not do something, but do something else instead, you do the second thing and not the first thing, as the result of a choice or a change of behaviour.

He reached for the wine but did not drink, pushed it, instead, across the table towards Joanna...

The kitchen might have been workable had Nicola kept it tidy; instead it was littered with pots and pans...

My husband asked why I couldn't just forget about dieting all the time and eat normally instead.

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