Meaning of ALTERNATIVE in English

ALTERNATIVE

transcription, транскрипция: [ ɔ:ltɜ:(r)nətɪv ]

( alternatives)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

Note: The form 'alternate' is sometimes used, especially in American English, instead of 'alternative' in meanings 3, 4, and 5.

1.

If one thing is an alternative to another, the first can be found, used, or done instead of the second.

New ways to treat arthritis may provide an alternative to painkillers.

N-COUNT : oft N to n

2.

An alternative plan or offer is different from the one that you already have, and can be done or used instead.

There were alternative methods of travel available...

= other, alternate

ADJ : ADJ n

3.

Alternative is used to describe something that is different from the usual things of its kind, or the usual ways of doing something, in modern Western society. For example, an alternative lifestyle does not follow conventional ways of living and working.

...unconventional parents who embraced the alternative lifestyle of the Sixties...

≠ conventional

ADJ : ADJ n

4.

Alternative medicine uses traditional ways of curing people, such as medicines made from plants, massage, and acupuncture.

...alternative health care.

ADJ : ADJ n

5.

Alternative energy uses natural sources of energy such as the sun, wind, or water for power and fuel, rather than oil, coal, or nuclear power.

ADJ : ADJ n

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