alternate - definitions and synonyms

alternate verb

  1. English Meaning: 

    : go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions

    Synonyms:

    jump
  2. English Meaning: 

    : exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

  3. English Meaning: 

    : be an understudy or alternate for a role

    Synonyms:

    understudy
  4. English Meaning: 

    : reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

    Synonyms:

    flip / flip-flop / interchange / switch / tack
  5. English Meaning: 

    : do something in turns

    Example Sentenses:

    • We take turns on the night shift

    Synonyms:

    take turns

alternate noun

  1. English Meaning: 

    : someone who takes the place of another person

    Synonyms:

    replacement / surrogate

alternate adjective

  1. English Meaning: 

    : every second one of a series

    Example Sentenses:

    • the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays

    • jam every other day

  2. English Meaning: 

    : serving or used in place of another

    Example Sentenses:

    • an alternative plan

    Synonyms:

    alternative / substitute
  3. English Meaning: 

    : occurring by turns; first one and then the other

    Example Sentenses:

    • alternating feelings of love and hate

    Synonyms:

    alternating
  4. English Meaning: 

    : of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired

    Example Sentenses:

    • stems with alternate leaves