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Origin of alternate

First recorded in 1505–15, alternate is from the Latin word alternātus (past participle of alternāre). See altern, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM alternate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH alternate

alternate alternative
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British Dictionary definitions for alternate

alternate

verb (ˈɔːltəˌneɪt)

adjective (ɔːlˈtɜːnɪt)

noun (ˈɔːltənɪt, ɔːlˈtɜːnɪt)

US and Canadian a person who substitutes for another in his absence; stand-in

Word Origin for alternate

C16: from Latin alternāre to do one thing and then another, from alternus one after the other, from alter other
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Scientific definitions for alternate

alternate
[ ôltər-nĭt ]

Arranged singly at intervals on a stem or twig. Elms, birches, oaks, cherry trees, and hickory trees have alternate leaves. Compare opposite.
Arranged regularly between other parts, as stamens between petals on a flower.
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