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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun alternate:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb alternate:

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Alternate is a member of the word family alter, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the adjective alternate

What does alternate mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective

  1. every second one of a series
    • example: the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: cyclic / cyclical
  2. serving or used in place of another
  3. occurring by turns; first one and then the other
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of alternate: alternating
    • similar: cyclic / cyclical
  4. of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired

Alternative definition of the adjective alternate

adjective

  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. [mathematics] 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.
  3. [US] Other or alternative.
  4. [botany] Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray.

Definition of the noun alternate

What does alternate mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: alternates

  1. someone who takes the place of another person

Alternative definition of the noun alternate

noun

  1. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
  2. A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  3. [mathematics] A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  4. [US] A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
  5. [heraldry] Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.

Definition of the verb alternate

What does alternate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: alternated | alternating | alternates

  1. go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient, plural]Herman connected the computers | The merger associated the two companies
      [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient 1] with [Patient 2]The merger associated company A with company B
      [Patient, plural] [Verb]Plays and ballets alternate
      [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with [Patient 2]Folk songs alternate well with pop songs
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] with [Patient 2]Company A associated with Company B

      Verbs of Combining (with the same syntax): coalesce, coincide, consolidate, contrast, correlate, crisscross, entwine, harmonize, interchange, interconnect, interlace, interlink, interlock, intermingle, interrelate, intersperse, intertwine, interweave, mate, rhyme, unify, unite.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of alternate: jump
    • more generic words: alter / change / vary = become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  2. exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: exchange = hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
    • more specific word: rotate = exchange on a regular basis
  3. be an understudy or alternate for a role
  4. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
  5. do something in turns
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of alternate: take turns
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific word: spell = take turns working

Alternative definition of the verb alternate

verb

  1. [transitive] To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  2. [intransitive] To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time;—followed by with.
  3. [intransitive] To vary by turns.

Business

The Alternate Computerversand GmbH is the biggest computer hardware retailer in Europe, located in Linden. The company sells its products through their online shop and its own call center. There are two retail stores in Linden.

  • also known as Alternate Computerversand GmbH, ALTERNATE GmbH
  • official website: www.alternate.nl

Music

"Alternate" is a musical album of Secret Discovery.

  • released on (8 years ago)

Phrases with Alternate

  1. Alternate Angles
  2. Alternate Tellin
  3. Alternate history
  4. Alternate universe
  5. Alternate Dipperclam
  6. Alternate Generation
  7. Alternate-Leaf Dogwood
  8. Alternate-Ribbed Scallop

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alternate

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Google previewMacfadden's Encyclopedia of Physical Culture (1912)

A Work of Reference, Providing Complete Instructions for the Cure of All Diseases Through Physcultopathy, with General Information on Natural Methods of Health-building and a Description of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body by Bernarr Macfadden

Alternate. e. Bend forward first count, rotate left second count, back to first position third count ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Economic Products of India (1889)

by George Watt

Leaves alternate, opposite in Bouea, exstipulate, simple or compound. Inflorescence various ; flowers small, regular, unisexual, polygamous, or bisexual . Calyx 3-5- partite, sometimes accrescent, spathaceous in Gluta. Petals 3-5, alternate ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Economic Products of India: Abaca to Buxus (1899)

by Sir George Watt, Edgar Thurston, T. N. Mukharji

leaves opposite or by abortion alternate and then ...

Google previewDepartment of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (2011)

As Amended Through April 2010 by Barry Leonard

avenue of approach AAA antiaircraft artillery; arrival and assembly area; assign alternate area AAAS amphibious aviation assault ship AABB American Association of Blood Banks AABWS amphibious assault bulk water system AAC activity ...

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Quotes about Alternate

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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Scrabble value of A1L1T1E1R1N1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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