substitute-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: put one thing in the place of another

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] SUBSTITUTE NP2[theme] (FOR/INTO NP3[theme].)
NOTE: An agent manipulates a theme.

I've noticed that my local paper has substituted the word 'pot' for marijuana.
You can substitute broiled fish for the beef if you prefer.
The transmission improved when he substituted a steel wire for the brass one.
I substituted several players in the first quarter.

VerbNet: exchange-13.6-1-1
FrameNet: Replacing
PropBank: substitute.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: take the place of; replace; fill in for a social functional role

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[theme] SUBSTITUTE NP2[theme].
NOTE: An agent in this case (see final example) is also the theme of the argument (the thing substituting).

A wild substitutes for any other symbol to complete winning combinations.
Greeting cards substitute for direct communication.
A portfolio substitutes for two writing seminars in your last year.
Missing motherly love can never be substituted by anything else during childhood.
I substituted for the preacher often during his wife's pregnancy.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Take_place_of
PropBank: substitute.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 3: fill in for a teacher

Commentary: Includes: SUBSTITUTE TEACH
NOTE: Compare to Sense 2: Sense 3 has same syntactic structure but is specific to teaching.

I substitute for the Longmont School District.
To substitute teach in this school district, you need to have hours of community service.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM