instead of

[instead of] or [in place of] also {formal} [in lieu of] {prep.} Inthe place of; in substitution for; in preference to; rather than.

Iwore mittens instead of gloves.

The grown-ups had coffee but thechildren wanted milk in place of coffee.

The boys went fishinginstead of going to school.

The Vice-President talked at themeeting in place of the President, because the President was sick.

The magician appeared on the program in lieu of a singer.

Compare:IN PERSON.