alternate

al•ter•nate
v. [[t]ˈɔl tərˌneɪt, ˈæl-[/t]] adj., n. [[t]-nɪt[/t]] v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing, adj. n.
1) to interchange repeatedly and regularly with one another in time or place (usu. fol. by with):
Day alternates with night[/ex]
2) to change back and forth between states, actions, etc.:
He alternates between hope and despair[/ex]
3) to take turns:
The children alternate in doing chores[/ex]
4) elm Elect. to reverse direction or sign periodically
5) to perform or do in succession or one after another
6) to interchange successively or regularly:
to alternate hot and cold compresses[/ex]
7) interchanged repeatedly one for another:
Winter and summer are alternate seasons[/ex]
8) reciprocal; mutual:
alternate acts of kindness[/ex]
9) every second one of a series:
Read only the alternate lines[/ex]
11) Bot.
a) bot placed singly at different heights on the axis, on each side in succession, or at definite angular distances from one another, as leaves on a stem
b) bot opposite to the intervals between other parts:
petals alternate with sepals[/ex]
12) a person authorized to take the place of another who is temporarily absent
Etymology: 1505–15; < L alternātus, ptp. of alternāre to alternate, v. der. of alternus by turns, der. of alter other al′ter•nate•ly, adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Alternate — Al ter*nate, v. i. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Rage, shame, and grief alternate in his breast. J. Philips …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • alternate — adj *intermittent, recurrent, periodic Analogous words: alternating, rotating (see ROTATE): *reciprocal, corresponding, complementary Antonyms: consecutive Contrasted words: successive, sequent (see CONSECUTIVE) alternate vb * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • alternate — ► VERB 1) occur or do in turn repeatedly. 2) change repeatedly between two contrasting conditions. ► ADJECTIVE 1) every other. 2) (of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern. 3) chiefly N. Amer. another term for …   English terms dictionary

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