Meaning of alternate
Pronunciation: (v.ôl'tur-nāt", al'-adj., n.ôl'tur-nit, al'-), [key]
— v., adj., n. -nat•ed, -nat•ing,
- to interchange repeatedly and regularly with one another in time or place; rotate (usually fol. by with): Day alternates with night.
- to change back and forth between conditions, states, actions, etc.: He alternates between hope and despair.
- to take turns: My sister and I alternated in doing the dishes.
- to reverse direction or sign periodically.
- to occur as a variant in alternation with another form.
- to perform or do in succession or one after another: to alternate comedy acts; to alternate jogging and walking.
- to interchange successively or regularly: to alternate hot and cold compresses.
- being in a constant state of succession or rotation; interchanged repeatedly one for another: Winter and summer are alternate seasons.
- reciprocal; mutual: alternate acts of kindness.
- every second one of a series: Read only the alternate lines.
- constituting an alternative: The alternate route is more scenic.
- alternative (defs. 4, 6).
- petals alternate with sepals.
- placed singly at different heights on the axis, on each side in succession, or at definite angular distances from one another, as leaves.
- opposite to the intervals between other organs:petals alternate with sepals.
- a person authorized to fill the position, exercise the duties, etc., of another who is temporarily absent; substitute.
- either of two actors who take turns playing the same role.
- an understudy.
- alternate (Thesaurus)