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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



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

SamplesAlternating feelings of love and hate.


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


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


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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