I UK [ˈɔːltə(r)neɪt] / US [ˈɔltərˌneɪt] verb
Word forms "alternate":
present tense I/you/we/they alternate he/she/it alternates present participle alternating past tense alternated past participle alternated
a) [intransitive] if one thing alternates with another, they happen or come one after another, in a regular pattern that keeps being repeated
alternate with:

Wet days alternated with dry ones.

b) if someone or something alternates between two things, they keep changing between them
alternate between:

His mood alternates between joy and despair.

2) [intransitive/transitive] to choose one thing or situation and then another, and keep repeating that pattern

Lay the shapes on the fabric, alternating the colours.

alternate something with something:

The course allows students to alternate work with education.

She alternated blues and gospel songs throughout the evening.

The White House has alternated between tough talk and silence.

Derived word:
UK [ˌɔːltə(r)ˈneɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌɔltərˈneɪʃ(ə)n] noun countable/uncountable
Word forms "alternation":
singular alternation plural alternations
II UK [ɔːlˈtɜː(r)nət] / US [ˈɔltərnət] / US [ɔlˈtɜrnət] adjective [usually before noun]
1) happening or coming one after another, in a regular pattern

alternate periods of good and bad weather

a pattern of alternate red and green stars

2) happening on one day, week etc, but not on the day, week etc that immediately follows

I go and visit him on alternate weekends.

3) American alternative

You'll have to find an alternate route.

III UK [ɔːlˈtɜː(r)nət] / US [ˈɔltərnət] / US [ɔlˈtɜrnət] noun [countable]
Word forms "alternate":
singular alternate plural alternates American
someone who takes the place of another person, especially in sports

English dictionary. 2014.


См. также в других словарях:

  • alternate — alternate, alternative 1. Both words are adjectives and nouns and come from Latin alternus meaning ‘every second’ and have had closely related meanings over several centuries of usage. Now however, there is a clear distinction which needs to be… …   Modern English usage

  • Alternate — Al*ter nate (?; 277), a. [L. alternatus, p. p. of alternate, fr. alternus. See {Altern}, {Alter}.] 1. 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alternate — al·ter·nate 1 / ȯl tər nət, al / adj 1: occurring or succeeding by turns 2: being an alternative alternate juror alternate 2 n 1 …   Law dictionary

  • ALTERNATE — ist englisch für: Alternative siehe Alternative (Begriffsklärung) alternierend siehe Alternanz der regelmäßige Wechsel zwischen zwei Zuständen Das Unternehmen Alternate Computerversand GmbH. In der Luftfahrt gebräuchliche Bezeichnung für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • alternate — [adj1] every other alternating, every second, intermittent, periodic, recurrent, recurring, rotating; concept 553 alternate [adj2] substitute alternative, another, backup, different, interchanging, makeshift, second, surrogate, temporary; concept …   New thesaurus

  • alternate — [ôl′tər nit, al′tər nit; ] for v. [ ôl′tər nāt΄, al′tər nāt΄] adj. [L alternatus, pp. of alternare, to do by turns < alternus, one after the other < alter, other: see ALTER] 1. occurring by turns; succeeding each other; one and then the… …   English World dictionary

  • Alternate — Al ter*nate, v. i. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Rage, shame, and grief alternate in his breast. J. Philips …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alternate — steht für: ein Unternehmen, siehe Alternate (Unternehmen) in der Luftfahrt gebräuchliche Bezeichnung für Alternate Airport, siehe Ausweichflugplatz Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • alternate — adj *intermittent, recurrent, periodic Analogous words: alternating, rotating (see ROTATE): *reciprocal, corresponding, complementary Antonyms: consecutive Contrasted words: successive, sequent (see CONSECUTIVE) alternate vb * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • alternate — ► VERB 1) occur or do in turn repeatedly. 2) change repeatedly between two contrasting conditions. ► ADJECTIVE 1) every other. 2) (of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern. 3) chiefly N. Amer. another term for …   English terms dictionary

  • alternate — UK US /ˈɒltənət/ noun [C] US ► WORKPLACE a person who does another person s job when they are ill or away: »He was dismissed and replaced with an alternate …   Financial and business terms

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