Definition of alternate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɔːlˈtɜːnət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːltərnət//
    [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 cream 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 sailings.
  3. 3(especially North American English) = alternative
  4. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from Latin alternat- ‘done by turns’, from alternare, from alternus ‘every other’, from alter ‘other’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alternate