- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM alternate
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH alternatealternate , alternative
How to use alternate in a sentence
When that doesn’t work, some try alternating the right angles.Some Math Problems Seem Impossible. That Can Be a Good Thing.|Patrick Honner|November 18, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Because wind turbines are now seen as an alternate source of energy.
As you progress to the varied island areas, the oval-eyed, colorful characters will never be real beyond the PlayStation 5, but you would like to hang with them, even have a beer with them in some alternate universe.‘Bugsnax’ is charming and funny, but sapped by vexing gameplay|Harold Goldberg|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
I have a few favorites that I alternate between on backpacking excursions.A Camp Cot Is the Key to Sleeping Well in the Woods|Graham Averill|November 9, 2020|Outside Online
Virginia could execute its plans for field hospitals and alternate care facilities in Northern Virginia, the Hampton Roads area and Richmond, if needed.Area hospitals say they are prepared for potential new flood of covid-19 patients|Lola Fadulu|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
She added in the high-pitched, over-enunciated voice, like she was alternating between sucking on helium and a bong.SNL’s Kim Kardashian Konundrum: Why Nasim Pedrad’s Exit Hurts So Much|Jason Lynch|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They have also been baffling, alternating between high hope and disappointment.Progressive-palooza: On Obama, Occupy, and Moral Monday|Jedediah Purdy|July 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With alternating chapters, the novel takes us on a frenetic journey through the perspectives of these unlikely apocalyptos.In a New Novel, Apathetic Teenagers Usher in the Apocalypse|Elliot Ackerman|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In alternating chapters, the two narrators of the novel describe their lives with Isaac, from two different periods in time.
Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side, alternating legs, moving forward with a step in between each kick.
He looked back—looked down—upon former emotions and activities; and hence the confusing alternating of jealousy and forgiveness.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
Many pleasant mornings may be spent while visiting, by one lady reading aloud whilst the other sews, alternating the work.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
The background of the gallery was a mass of tropical plants alternating with latticed windows and long glass doors.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
In the middle section you have done something new and good; the alternating chords above the pedal-point, rather la Russlan.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
A stanza made up of tetrameter alternating with trimeter is very common.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
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)