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Definition of alternate adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1(of two things) happening or following one after the other regularly alternate layers of fruit and yogurt Stretch up 30 times with alternate arms as a warm-up exercise.
  2. 2if something happens on alternate days, nights, etc. it happens on one day, etc. but not on the next John has to work on alternate Sundays. The ferry service will initially run on alternate days, increasing eventually to daily departures.
  3. 3= alternative
  4. alternately adverb
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  5. He felt alternately hot and cold.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: alternate