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Definition 1: someone who takes the place of another person - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for alternate in the sense of this definition

(alternate is a kind of ...) someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

"the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes" "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"

Definition 2: do something in turns - [verb of change]

Samples where alternate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We take turns on the night shift

Synonyms for alternate in the sense of this definition

(alternate is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of alternate ) take turns working

"the workers spell every four hours"

Definition 3: go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions - [verb of change]

Synonyms for alternate in the sense of this definition

(alternate is a kind of ...) become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

"her mood changes in accordance with the weather" "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

Definition 4: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) - [verb of change]

Synonyms for alternate in the sense of this definition

(alternate is a kind of ...) change to the contrary

"The trend was reversed" "the tides turned against him" "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"

Definition 5: be an understudy or alternate for a role - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for alternate in the sense of this definition

(alternate is a kind of ...) commit to memory; learn by heart

"Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?"

(alternate is a kind of ...) hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

"exchange prisoners" "exchange employees between branches of the company"

(... is a kind of alternate ) exchange on a regular basis

"We rotate the lead soprano every night"

Definition 7: of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where alternate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stems with alternate leaves

(alternate belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies plants

Definition 8: serving or used in place of another - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where alternate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an alternative plan

Synonyms for alternate in the sense of this definition

(alternate is similar to ...) being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate

"the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher" "a secondary source" "a secondary issue" "secondary streams"

Definition 9: occurring by turns; first one and then the other - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where alternate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • alternating feelings of love and hate

Synonyms for alternate in the sense of this definition

(alternate is similar to ...) recurring in cycles

Definition 10: every second one of a series - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where alternate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays
  • jam every other day

(alternate is similar to ...) recurring in cycles

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