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Definition of Alternate


  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.
  2. Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second; as, the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. ; read every alternate line.
  3. Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
  4. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
  5. A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  6. A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  7. To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  8. 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.
  9. To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

Alternate Quotations

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
George Washington

Both times I was in India, I could not get people to listen to each other. I had to literally tell people to listen to each other and tell them that they can't get creative and find alternate solutions if they don't listen to each other. There's a lot of arguing and justifying.
Stephen Covey

My dream job is to be a rock drummer and the alternate drummer for the Foo Fighters.
Rachael Ray

The alternate media are becoming important and viable alternatives to playing live. Records, videos, that kind of thing. They're going to start to count for something. Because there's only a limited amount of us-time available to us.
Jerry Garcia

When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful.
Francois Truffaut
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Alternate Translations

alternate in Dutch is afwisselend
alternate in French is alterner, alternez, alternons, alternent, basculez
alternate in German is wechseln, alternativ, wechselweise
alternate in Spanish is alterno
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