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used to say what is not used, does not happen etc, when something else is used, happens etc:
You probably picked up my keys instead of yours.
Could I have tuna instead of ham?
Instead of being annoyed, he seemed quite pleased.
used to say what is done, when you have just said that a particular thing is not done:
Geoff didn't study law. Instead, he decided to become an actor.
If Jo can't attend the meeting, I could go instead.