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.
Origin of alternate
Examples from the Web for alternately
Contemporary Examples of alternately
Wiseman as Samuel is alternately Devil-child and a cute young kid.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
What an alternately messed up, irresistibly catchy, reprehensible, utterly charming holiday classic.The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic
November 19, 2014
Somehow this guy survives, alternately running into the nearby water and charging at the lions.Cumberbatch Impressions, Dad Sings ‘Blackbird’ to Dying Son, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 16, 2014
Forbes magazine has alternately called Hanauer insane and ignorant.The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie
August 8, 2014
They named their new community Nea Levissi, or New Levissi, as their original town was alternately known.Turkey's Gorgeous Ghost Town
July 12, 2014
Historical Examples of alternately
Stir them gradually into the milk, alternately with the cocoa-nut and sugar.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
In this capacity I was alternately farmer, rancher, cattleman.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Mix in gradually the flour and sugar, alternately with the eggs, which should be well beaten.The Skilful Cook
Now, in retrospection, she was alternately sorry that she had said as much and that she had not said more.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
The fourth row you pearl three, knit one, and pearl six, alternately.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
- (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)
noun (ˈɔːltənɪt, ɔːlˈtɜːnɪt)
Word Origin for alternate
1510s, from Latin alternatus "one after the other," past participle of alternare "to do first one thing then the other; exchange parts," from alternus "one after the other, alternate, in turns, reciprocal," from alter "the other" (see alter). Alternate means "by turns;" alternative means "offering a choice." Both imply two kinds or things.
1718, "that which alternates (with anything else)," from alternate (adj.). Meaning "a substitute" is first attested 1848.