verb (used without object), al·ter·nat·ed, al·ter·nat·ing.
verb (used with object), al·ter·nat·ed, al·ter·nat·ing.
- placed singly at different heights on the axis, on each side in succession, or at definite angular distances from one another, as leaves.
- opposite to the intervals between other organs: petals alternate with sepals.
- either of two actors who take turns playing the same role.
- an understudy.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH alternatealternate , alternative
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Example sentences from the Web for alternate
The coverage will alternate between leagues each year and gives Turner the most postseason games on a network.Turner Sports expands its deal with Major League Baseball through 2028|radmarya|September 24, 2020|Fortune
DNA and RNA strands are composed of alternating phosphate and sugar molecules, but sugars “are profoundly unstable in hot spring environments,” says David Des Marais, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center.Life on Earth may have begun in hostile hot springs|Jack J. Lee|September 24, 2020|Science News
When Epic started offering alternate Fortnite payment methods that avoided Apple’s fee-taking, for instance, Apple blocked the app.Why Apple let WordPress walk but continues to fight Fortnite’s Epic Games|rhhackettfortune|August 25, 2020|Fortune
In one macabre scene, one of Edison’s employees goes so far as to publicly electrocute a dog with alternating current.Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Tesla,’ a quirky biopic about the iconic inventor|Maria Temming|August 19, 2020|Science News
So that means in an alternate universe without any southpaw advantage, about 36 percent of current LHPs would be good enough to pitch in the major leagues.What Really Gives Left-Handed Pitchers Their Edge?|Guy Molyneux|August 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In the absence of typical classrooms and curriculums, West Africans have opted for alternate methods of learning and education.
Then at least the American public would have been getting an alternate theory of the case about Keystone.
Underneath, a miniature version of the bug-crazy man is revealed, himself thwacking away in an alternate dimension.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing|Marlow Stern|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other two are da—meaning father—and te—an alternate spelling of ti.
Other new admissions to the dictionary include qayaq—an alternate spelling of kayak—and thongy.
It is by the alternate movement of these mandibles that the caterpillars devour the leaves with so much greediness and ease.The Insect World|Louis Figuier
Alternate and antagonistic bargaining went on thus for more than two months.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
During the alternate periods of elevation and of stationary level the record will be blank.On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection|Charles Darwin
He wondered if it were still the same excitement that sent the alternate flush and pallor up her cheek.
Then alternate between the players, in the same manner, until you have played out the game.Practical Mind-Reading|William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for alternate
- (of leaves, flowers, etc) arranged singly at different heights on either side of the stem
- (of parts of a flower) arranged opposite the spaces between other partsCompare opposite (def. 4)