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
Can be confusedalternate alternative
Examples from the Web for alternately
Wiseman as Samuel is alternately Devil-child and a cute young kid.
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|Kevin Fallon|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Forbes magazine has alternately called Hanauer insane and ignorant.
They named their new community Nea Levissi, or New Levissi, as their original town was alternately known.
He resided here and at the Fort alternately until his death, which occurred in 1862.Fifty Years In The Northwest|William Henry Carman Folsom
The policy of successive captains-general was alternately uncompromisingly repressive and conciliatory.
It was a stuffy, disagreeable ride, and I was alternately vexed with Roger and worried about him.Margarita's Soul|Ingraham Lovell
Fortunately the obligation was cancelled by the second, or the visits and dinners might have gone on alternately, ad infinitum.Northern Travel|Bayard Taylor
Then alternately Goriot blamed his daughters and pardoned their unfilial and selfish behaviour.
British Dictionary definitions for alternately (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for alternately (2 of 2)
- (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)