Alternate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːltərnət|  American pronunciation of the word alternate
Brit.  |ɔːlˈtɜːnət|  British pronunciation of the word alternate


- someone who takes the place of another person (syn: replacement, surrogate)


- go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions (syn: jump)
- exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
- be an understudy or alternate for a role (syn: understudy)
- reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) (syn: flip, interchange, switch, tack)
- do something in turns


- every second one of a series
the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays
- serving or used in place of another (syn: alternative, substitute)
- occurring by turns; first one and then the other (syn: alternating)

Extra examples

Alternate shades of wood formed a pattern around the window.

We took an alternate route because of the traffic.

Due to an emergency, the plane landed at an alternate airport.

The poem alternates fear and hope.

The light and dark woods alternate to form an elegant pattern around the window.

The town has elected five councilors and two alternates.

We alternate in doing the household chores.

Sunny weather alternated with rain.

The coach alternated Jones with Wilson.

They alternate between supporting us and opposing us.

Her spirits alternated between hope and despair.

The service runs on alternate days.

Arrange the leeks and noodles in alternate layers.

She alternated between outrage and sympathy.

Periods of depression alternate with excited behavior.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: alternate
he/she/it: alternates
present participle: alternating
past tense: alternated
past participle: alternated
singular: alternate
plural: alternates
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