Meaning of ALTERNATE in English

[al.ter.nate] adj [L alternatus, pp. of alternare, fr. alternus alternate, fr. alter] (1513) 1: occurring or succeeding by turns "a day of ~ sunshine and rain"

2. a: arranged first on one side and then on the other at different levels or points along an axial line "~ leaves"--compare opposite b: arranged one above or alongside the other

3: every other: every second "he works on ~ days"

4: constituting an alternative "took the ~ route home"

5: alternative 3 -- adv

[2]al.ter.nate vb -nat.ed ; vt (1599) 1: to perform by turns or in succession

2: to cause to alternate ~ vi: to change from one to another repeatedly "rain alternated with sun" [3]al.ter.nate n (1717) 1: alternative

2: one that substitutes for or alternates with another

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