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Meaning & Definition of Alternate in English

English

Alternate

/ɔltərnət/

noun

1. Someone who takes the place of another person

    synonym:
  • surrogate
  • ,
  • alternate
  • ,
  • replacement

verb

1. Go back and forth

  • Swing back and forth between two states or conditions
    synonym:
  • alternate
  • ,
  • jump

2. Exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

    synonym:
  • alternate

3. Be an understudy or alternate for a role

    synonym:
  • understudy
  • ,
  • alternate

4. Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

    synonym:
  • interchange
  • ,
  • tack
  • ,
  • switch
  • ,
  • alternate
  • ,
  • flip
  • ,
  • flip-flop

5. Do something in turns

  • "We take turns on the night shift"
    synonym:
  • alternate
  • ,
  • take turns

adjective

1. Every second one of a series

  • "The cleaning lady comes on alternate wednesdays"
  • "Jam every other day"- the white queen
    synonym:
  • alternate(a)

2. Serving or used in place of another

  • "An alternative plan"
    synonym:
  • alternate
  • ,
  • alternative
  • ,
  • substitute

3. Occurring by turns

  • First one and then the other
  • "Alternating feelings of love and hate"
    synonym:
  • alternate(a)
  • ,
  • alternating(a)

4. Of leaves and branches etc

  • First on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis
  • Not paired
  • "Stems with alternate leaves"
    synonym:
  • alternate

Examples of using

Books are my alternate reality.
Odd numbers alternate with even ones.