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Origin of alternate

First recorded in 1505鈥15, alternate is from the Latin word altern膩tus (past participle of altern膩re). See altern, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM alternate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH alternate

alternate , alternative
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How to use alternate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for alternate

alternate

verb (藞蓴藧lt蓹藢ne瑟t)
adjective (蓴藧l藞t蓽藧n瑟t)
noun (藞蓴藧lt蓹n瑟t, 蓴藧l藞t蓽藧n瑟t)
US and Canadian a person who substitutes for another in his absence; stand-in

Word Origin for alternate

C16: from Latin altern膩re to do one thing and then another, from alternus one after the other, from alter other
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for alternate

alternate
[ 么lt蓹r-n沫t ]

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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