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English adjective: alternate

1. alternate every second one of a series


SamplesThe cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays.
Jam every other day.


Similarcyclic, cyclical


Antonymsnoncyclic, noncyclical

2. alternate serving or used in place of another


SamplesAn alternative plan.


Synonymsalternative, substitute


Similarsecondary


Antonymsprimary

3. alternate occurring by turns; first one and then the other


SamplesAlternating feelings of love and hate.


Synonymsalternating


Similarcyclic, cyclical


Antonymsnoncyclic, noncyclical

4. alternate of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired


SamplesStems with alternate leaves.


Domain categorybotany, phytology


Antonymsopposite, paired


English noun: alternate

1. alternate (person) someone who takes the place of another person


Synonymsreplacement, surrogate


Broader (hypernym)backup, backup man, fill-in, relief, reliever, stand-in, substitute


English verb: alternate

1. alternate (change) go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions


Synonymsjump


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, vary

2. alternate (social) exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)exchange


Narrower (hyponym)rotate

3. alternate (cognition) be an understudy or alternate for a role


Synonymsunderstudy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)con, learn, memorise, memorize

4. alternate (change) reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)


Synonymsflip, flip-flop, interchange, switch, tack


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change by reversal, reverse, turn

5. alternate (change) do something in turns


SamplesWe take turns on the night shift.


Synonymstake turns


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)spell









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