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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Origin of alternate
OTHER WORDS FROM alternate
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH alternatealternate , alternative
Example sentences from the Web for alternate
This may be changing, though, as more companies seek alternate models beyond SPACs and traditional IPOs.Glut of SPACs will lead to ‘heartbreak,’ say IPO experts|Jeff|December 1, 2020|Fortune
The leaves are alternate compound and the nuts have a “double” nut shell.
The company’s management strategy for overcoming this, he says, is to alternate between two different ways of working.
There’s an alternate version of history — one that seemed so possible just a week ago — in which the Bucks emerged as huge winners.NBA free agency winners and losers: A tough weekend for the Wizards and Knicks|Ben Golliver|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
If this feels too difficult and you’re not able to hold good form, try sliding one hand at a time out and back, and alternate between sides.
And still Team Paul flounders, choosing alternatingly to ignore the subject and to attack anyone who raises it.
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)