- 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 if 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 = alternative
- He felt alternately hot and cold.
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NAmE//ˈɔltərnət//[usually before noun]
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