al|ter|nate1 [ `ɔltər,neıt ] verb
1. ) intransitive if one thing alternates with another, it happens after it and keeps being repeated:
alternate with: Wet days alternated with dry ones.
a ) if someone or something alternates between two things, they keep changing between them:
alternate between: His mood alternates between joy and despair.
2. ) transitive to choose one thing or situation and then another, and keep repeating that pattern:
Lay the shapes on the fabric, alternating the colors.
alternate something with something: The class allows students to alternate work with education.
╾ al|ter|na|tion [ ,ɔltər`neıʃn ] noun count or uncount
al|ter|nate 2 [ `ɔltərnət, ɔl`tɜrnət ] adjective usually before noun *
1. ) happening or coming one after another, in a regular pattern:
alternate periods of good and bad weather
a pattern of alternate red and green stars
2. ) happening on one day, week, etc. but not on the day, week, etc., that immediately follows:
I go and visit him on alternate weekends.
3. ) allowing you to choose a different plan, thing, or situation from one you already have: ALTERNATIVE:
I don't suppose you have an alternate plan in case you are sick on that day.
We can't get home tonight, because there are no alternate flights.
╾ al|ter|nate|ly adverb
al|ter|nate 3 [ `ɔltərnət, ɔl`tɜrnət ] noun count AMERICAN
someone who takes the place of another person, especially in sports:
She's my alternate if I'm sick or injured and can't race.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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