Definition of Alternate

1. Noun. Someone who takes the place of another person.

Exact synonyms: Replacement, Surrogate
Generic synonyms: Backup, Backup Man, Fill-in, Relief, Reliever, Stand-in, Substitute
Derivative terms: Replace, Replace



2. Verb. Go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions.
Exact synonyms: Jump
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Vary
Derivative terms: Alternation

3. Adjective. Every second one of a series. "Jam every other day"
Similar to: Cyclic, Cyclical

4. Verb. Exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions.
Generic synonyms: Exchange
Specialized synonyms: Rotate

5. Adjective. Serving or used in place of another. "An alternative plan"
Exact synonyms: Alternative, Substitute
Similar to: Secondary
Derivative terms: Substitute, Substitute

6. Verb. Be an understudy or alternate for a role.
Exact synonyms: Understudy
Generic synonyms: Con, Learn, Memorise, Memorize
Derivative terms: Understudy

7. Adjective. Occurring by turns; first one and then the other. "Alternating feelings of love and hate"
Exact synonyms: Alternating
Similar to: Cyclic, Cyclical

8. Verb. Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action).
Exact synonyms: Flip, Flip-flop, Interchange, Switch, Tack
Generic synonyms: Change By Reversal, Reverse, Turn
Derivative terms: Flip-flop, Switch, Switch, Tack

9. Adjective. 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"
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Antonyms: Opposite

10. Verb. Do something in turns. "We take turns on the night shift"
Exact synonyms: Take Turns
Specialized synonyms: Spell
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Alternation

Definition of Alternate

1. a. Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal.

2. n. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.

3. v. t. To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.

4. v. i. To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; -- followed by with; as, the flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.

Definition of Alternate

1. Adjective. Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal. ¹

2. Adjective. (mathematics) Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second. ¹

3. Adjective. (American English) Other or alternative. ¹

4. Adjective. (botany) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray. ¹

5. Noun. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude. ¹

6. Noun. A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty. ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics) A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means. ¹

8. Noun. (American English) A replacement of equal or greater value or function. ¹

9. Noun. (heraldry) Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time;—followed by with. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) To vary by turns. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Alternate

1. [v -NATED, -NATING, -NATES]

Medical Definition of Alternate

1. Cause to occur or appear one after the other. (18 Nov 1997)

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Literary usage of Alternate

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1. Principles of Zoölogy: Touching the Structure, Development, Distribution by Louis Agassiz, Augustus Addison Gould (1869)
"These various examples of alternate generation ren* der it evident, that this phenomenon ought not to be consid* ered as an anomaly in Nature ; but as the ..."

2. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1891)
"AN alternate CURRENT POTENTIOMETER. BY GEORGE S. MOLER. This device is designed for the purpose of determining what values ..."

3. Scientific Papers by John William Strutt Rayleigh (1903)
"IT is many years* since, as the result of some experiments upon induction, I proposed a soft iron needle for use with alternate currents in place of the ..."

4. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"Smooth shrubs, with alternate entire leaves, and no stipules. ... Thick fleshy plants, mostly herbs, with alternate or opposite leaves. leaves, and axillary ..."

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