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Adjective: alternate  'ol-tur-nut [N. Amer], ol'tur-nut or ól'tur-nut [Brit]
  1. Every second one of a series
    "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"
     
  2. Serving or used in place of another
    "an alternate plan";
    - alternative, substitute
     
  3. Occurring by turns; first one and then the other
    "alternate feelings of love and hate";
    - alternating
     
  4. (botany) of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired
    "stems with alternate leaves"
Verb: alternate  'ol-tur-nut [N. Amer], ol'tur-nut or ól'tur-nut [Brit]
  1. Go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
    - jump
     
  2. Exchange people temporarily to fulfil certain jobs and functions
     
  3. Be an understudy or alternate for a role
    - understudy
     
  4. Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
    - interchange, tack, switch, flip, flip-flop
     
  5. Do something in turns
    "We alternate on the night shift";
    - take turns
Noun: alternate  'ol-tur-nut [N. Amer], ol'tur-nut or ól'tur-nut [Brit]
  1. Someone who takes the place of another person
    - surrogate, replacement

Derived forms: alternates, alternating, alternated

See also: cyclic, cyclical, secondary

Type of: act, alter, backup, backup man, change, change by reversal, con, exchange, fill-in, learn, memorise [Brit], memorize, move, relief, reliever, reverse, stand-in, substitute, turn, vary

Antonym: opposite

Encyclopedia: Alternate