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ALTERNATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does alternate mean? 

ALTERNATE (noun)
  The noun ALTERNATE has 1 sense:

1. someone who takes the place of another person

  Familiarity information: ALTERNATE used as a noun is very rare.


ALTERNATE (adjective)
  The adjective ALTERNATE has 4 senses:

1. every second one of a series
2. allowing a choice
3. occurring by turns; first one and then the other
4. of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired

  Familiarity information: ALTERNATE used as an adjective is uncommon.


ALTERNATE (verb)
  The verb ALTERNATE has 5 senses:

1. go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
2. exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
3. be an understudy or alternate for a role
4. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
5. do something in turns

  Familiarity information: ALTERNATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ALTERNATE (noun)


Sense 1alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who takes the place of another person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

alternate; surrogate; replacement

Hypernyms ("alternate" is a kind of...):

backup; backup man; fill-in; relief; reliever; stand-in; substitute (someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult))


ALTERNATE (adjective)


Sense 1alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Every second one of a series

Context examples:

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

Similar:

cyclic; cyclical (recurring in cycles)


Sense 2alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Allowing a choice

Synonyms:

alternative; alternate

Context example:

an alternative plan

Similar:

secondary (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate)


Sense 3alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring by turns; first one and then the other

Synonyms:

alternating; alternate

Context example:

alternating feelings of love and hate

Similar:

cyclic; cyclical (recurring in cycles)


Sense 4alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context example:

stems with alternate leaves

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)

Antonym:

opposite (of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem)


ALTERNATE (verb)


Sense 1alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

alternate; jump

Hypernyms (to "alternate" is one way to...):

alter; change; vary (make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "alternate" is one way to...):

exchange (hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "alternate"):

rotate (exchange on a regular basis)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be an understudy or alternate for a role

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

understudy; alternate

Hypernyms (to "alternate" is one way to...):

con; learn; memorise; memorize (commit to memory; learn by heart)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 4alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

flip-flop; interchange; alternate; tack; switch; flip

Hypernyms (to "alternate" is one way to...):

change by reversal; reverse; turn (change to the contrary)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 5alternate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do something in turns

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

take turns; alternate

Context example:

We take turns on the night shift

Hypernyms (to "alternate" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "alternate"):

spell (take turns working)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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