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    alternate

    alternate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word alternate

    Definition
    (noun) someone who takes the place of another person
    Synonyms : replacement , surrogate
    Definition
    (verb) go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
    Synonyms : jump
    Definition
    (verb) exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions Definition
    (verb) be an understudy or alternate for a role
    Synonyms : understudy
    Definition
    (verb) reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
    Synonyms : flip , flip-flop , interchange , switch , tack
    Definition
    (verb) do something in turns
    Synonyms : take turns
    Example Sentence
    • We take turns on the night shift
    Definition
    (adj) every second one of a series
    Example Sentence
    • the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays
    • jam every other day
    Definition
    (adj) serving or used in place of another
    Synonyms : alternative , substitute
    Example Sentence
    • an alternative plan
    Definition
    (adj) occurring by turns; first one and then the other
    Synonyms : alternating
    Example Sentence
    • alternating feelings of love and hate
    Definition
    (adj) of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired
    Example Sentence
    • stems with alternate leaves
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