What does alternate mean?

Definitions for alternate
ˈɔl tərˌneɪt, ˈæl-; -nɪtal·ter·nate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word alternate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. surrogate, alternate, replacement(adj)

    someone who takes the place of another person

  2. alternate(a)(adj)

    every second one of a series

    "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen

  3. alternate, alternative, substitute(adj)

    serving or used in place of another

    "an alternative plan"

  4. alternate(a), alternating(a)(adj)

    occurring by turns; first one and then the other

    "alternating feelings of love and hate"

  5. alternate(verb)

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

    "stems with alternate leaves"

  6. alternate, jump(verb)

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

  7. alternate(verb)

    exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

  8. understudy, alternate(verb)

    be an understudy or alternate for a role

  9. interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop(verb)

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

  10. alternate, take turns(verb)

    do something in turns

    "We take turns on the night shift"

Wiktionary

  1. alternate(Noun)

    That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.

    Grateful alternates of substantial. -Matthew Prior

  2. alternate(Noun)

    A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.

  3. alternate(Noun)

    A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.

  4. alternate(Noun)

    A replacement of equal or greater value or function.

  5. alternate(Noun)

    Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.

  6. alternate(Verb)

    To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.

  7. alternate(Verb)

    To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time;u2014followed by with.

    The flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.

  8. alternate(Verb)

    To vary by turns.

    The land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

  9. alternate(Adjective)

    Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal.

    And bid alternate passions fall and rise. -Alexander Pope

  10. alternate(Adjective)

    Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second.

    the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.

  11. alternate(Adjective)

    Other or alternative.

  12. alternate(Adjective)

    Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray.

  13. Origin: From alterno, alternus, from alter. See altern, alter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alternate(adj)

    being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal

  2. Alternate(adj)

    designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second; as, the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. ; read every alternate line

  3. Alternate(adj)

    distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence

  4. Alternate(noun)

    that which alternates with something else; vicissitude

  5. Alternate(noun)

    a substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty

  6. Alternate(noun)

    a proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means

  7. Alternate(verb)

    to perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly

  8. Alternate(verb)

    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

  9. Alternate(verb)

    to vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains

  10. Origin: [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See Altern, Alter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alternate

    al′tėr-nāt, or al-tėr′nāt, v.t. to cause to follow by turns or one after the other.—v.i. to happen by turns: to follow every other or second time—also Al′ternise.—adjs. Al′tern (Milton), alternate, acting by turns; Alter′nant (geol.), in alternate layers; Alter′nate, one after the other: by turns.—adv. Alter′nately.—ns. Alter′nateness, Alter′nacy (rare); Alternā′tion, the act of alternating: interchange: reading or singing antiphonally.—adj. Alter′native, offering a choice of two things.—n. a choice between two things.—adv. Alter′natively. [L. alter, other.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. alternate

    Reciprocal.--Alternate angles are the internal angles formed by a line cutting two parallels, and lying on the opposite side of the cutting line; the one below the first parallel, and the other above.--Alternate ratio is that of which the antecedents and consequents bear respectively to each other in any proportion which has the quantities of the same kind.

Editors Contribution

  1. alternate

    separate or different from others

    "he took the alternate route to the highway because of the traffic jam on the main route."

    Submitted by anonymous on March 4, 2014  

How to pronounce alternate?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say alternate in sign language?

  1. alternate

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alternate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alternate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of alternate in a Sentence

  1. Jason Haag:

    The alternate therapy that saved my life is my service dog Axel.

  2. Lourdes Reyes:

    I feel a bit more relaxed this morning because I had no alternate transportation plans.

  3. Jeffias Moyo:

    I bought a generator which I alternate between grinding mills, but I cannot survive, this thing requires a lot of fuel.

  4. Fiona HillThe:

    National Security Council was pretty blatant, i found that I couldn't really explain that away with an alternate explanation.

  5. Arjun Bahl:

    Today a painter from Uttar Pradesh -- Kafeel -- his fonts are being used globally, from Heineken to Starbucks. So we gave him an alternate revenue stream.

Images & Illustrations of alternate

  1. alternatealternatealternatealternatealternate

Popularity rank by frequency of use

alternate#1#5125#10000

Translations for alternate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for alternate »

Translation

Find a translation for the alternate definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these alternate definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"alternate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 13 Dec. 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/alternate>.

Are we missing a good definition for alternate? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for alternate:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.