1. [ verb ] go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
Synonyms: jump
Related terms: change alternation
2. [ adjective ] every second one of a series
Synonyms: every_other

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

Related terms: cyclic
3. [ adjective ] allowing a choice
Synonyms: alternative

"an alternative plan"

Related terms: secondary
4. [ adjective ] occurring by turns; first one and then the other
Synonyms: alternating

"alternating feelings of love and hate"

Related terms: cyclic
5. [ verb ] reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
Synonyms: switch flip flip-flop tack interchange
Related terms: change_by_reversal reversal tack
6. [ verb ] (education) be an understudy or alternate for a role
Synonyms: understudy
Related terms: memorize alternation
7. [ verb ] do something in turns
Synonyms: take_turns

"We take turns on the night shift"

Related terms: act alternation
8. [ adjective ] (botany) 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"

Related terms: opposite botany
9. [ verb ] exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
Related terms: exchange rotate alternation
10. [ noun ] someone who takes the place of another person
Synonyms: replacement surrogate
Related terms: stand-in supplant understudy
Similar spelling:   alternately