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Adjective alternate has 4 senses
  1. alternate - every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen
    noncyclic, noncyclical (indirect, via cyclic)
  2. alternate, alternative - allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"
    Antonym: primary (indirect, via secondary)
  3. alternate, alternating - occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate"
    Antonyms: noncyclic, noncyclical (indirect, via cyclic)
  4. alternate - of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired; "stems with alternate leaves"
    opposite, paired
Noun alternate has 1 sense
  1. surrogate, alternate, replacement - someone who takes the place of another person
    --1 is a kind of stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in
    Derived forms: verb alternate2, verb alternate3
Verb alternate has 5 senses
  1. alternate, jump - go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
    --1 is one way to change, alter, vary
    Derived form: noun alternation2
    Sample sentences:
    Something is ----ing PP
    Somebody ----s PP
  2. alternate - exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
    --2 is one way to
    Derived forms: noun alternation1, noun alternate1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
  3. understudy, alternate - be an understudy or alternate for a role
    --3 is one way to memorize, memorise, con, learn
    Derived forms: noun alternation1, noun alternate1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  4. interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop - reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
    --4 is one way to change by reversal, turn, reverse
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s something
  5. alternate, take turns - do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift"
    --5 is one way to act, move
    Derived form: noun alternation2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
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