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serve as a/(one's) substitute

To take the place or fill the purpose of someone or something else. We created these wood pellets from repurposed sawdust to serve as more a ecologically friendly substitute for other fuel sources. This is Shawna, everyone. She's going to be serving as my substitute while I'm on sabbatical.
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sub for (someone or something)

1. To act as a substitute for someone or something. ("Sub" is an abbreviation of "substitute.") I'm subbing for Eric for the next few days while he recovers in the hospital. Don't believe anyone who tries to convince you that low-fat cooking sprays can sub for real butter or olive oil and not taste any different.
2. To use, employ, or instruct someone or something to act as a substitute for someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sub" and "for." With a healthy 30-point lead, the coach subbed the rookie for the star quarter back to give him some experience on the field. Let's try subbing an AC motor for the DC one we've been using and see if that improves the results.
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substitute for (someone or something)

1. To act as a substitute for someone or something. I'm substituting for Eric for the next few days while he recovers in the hospital. Don't believe anyone who tries to convince you that low-fat cooking sprays can substitute for real butter or olive oil and not taste any different.
2. To use, employ, or instruct someone or something to act as a substitute for someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sub" and "for." With a healthy 30-point lead, the coach substituted the rookie for the star quarter back to give him some experience on the field. Let's try substituting an AC motor for the DC one we've been using and see if that improves the results.
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sub for someone or something

to substitute for someone or something. I have to sub for Roger at work this weekend. Will pliers sub for the wrench you wanted?
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sub someone for (someone else)

 and sub something for something else
to substitute someone for someone else or something for something else. I will sub Chuck for Roger for this next play only. We will sub the red ones for the blue ones.
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substitute for someone or something

to serve as a replacement for someone or something. I have to substitute for Roger at work this weekend. Do you think that this will substitute for the one you wanted?
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substitute someone for (someone else)

 and substitute something for something else
to exchange someone or something for someone or something else; to replace someone or something with someone or something else. Shall I substitute Fred for Mary in the front office? Please substitute fish for beef on my dinner order.
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With the determination of perpetual substitutive in-surance cover and the protection against cancellation, the specific character of morbidity risk is considered.
The substitutive function of interim measures is most apparent when
The NCTM IV used substitutive representations of measurements,
Around 10% of survey responses (n=24) referred to the effect of an ageing Religious membership on the capacity of organisations to fulfil the Church's substitutive role.
This learning process involves a progressive poetics of reading and recognition that operates continually at the level of "langage," using repetitive and substitutive exposures to achieve Emile's transformation.
As the epigraphs to this paper demonstrate, Venetia as a female vessel may have "become a trope, a substitutive relationship that has to posit a meaning whose existence cannot be verified, but that confers upon the sign an unavoidable signifying function" (de Man, 7).
Low interchange, on the other hand, appears to denote substitutive relationships, as those sources with low interchange are rarely, if ever, used together.
Within this framework, GF and NGF solutions and problems can be linked over the long run in ways that produce a substitutive or parallel relationship between these funds.
This didactic alternative is not substitutive for the dissection based teaching but a complement to the traditional method of teaching-learning in anatomy (Massari et al., 2018).
Steers receiving supplementation had a substitutive effect, leading to greater animal gain per area.
Informal and formal institutions can interact with each other in multiple forms: either in a complimentary manner where they coexist and mutually reinforce each other; a substitutive manner, where one set of institutions is ineffective and the other plays an operationally equivalent role; or a conflicting manner when the two systems of rules are incompatible.
Substitutive treatment with levothyroxine was also initiated and the patient is under constant clinical, biological and echographic supervision.
"For the socially disconnected, God may serve as a substitutive relationship that compensates for some of the purpose that human relationships would normally provide," Chan said in the news release.
(36) Helmke and Levitsky (37) further expand this typology by distinguishing between four types of interaction between formal and informal institutions: complementary, accommodating, competing, and substitutive. In the first case, the informal institutions complement the formal institutions by filling gaps that are not considered by formal rules and thus increase efficiency.