UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsadjective: /ɔːlˈt3ːrnɪt/ /ɔːlˈt3ːrnət/, verb: /ˈɔːltərneɪt/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/v. ˈɔltɚˌneɪt, ˈæl-; adj., n. -nɪt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(v. ôltər nāt′, al-; adj., n. ôltər nit, al-)

Inflections of 'alternate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. take an alternate route to [work, school]
  2. [find, look for] alternate [means, forms, methods]
  3. alternate [meanings, spellings] of the [word, phrase]
  4. live in an alternate reality
  5. from an alternate universe
  6. is an alternate [version, edition] of
  7. [published, released] under an alternate [name, title]
  8. click below for an alternate [link, source]
  9. alternate periods of [sun and rain, clear skies and clouds]
  10. [works, has class, studies] on alternate days
  11. [read, answer] only the alternate questions
  12. [has, is made of] alternate layers of [chocolate and vanilla]
  1. will be my alternate while I am away
  2. It is a good idea to have an alternate.
  3. [decide on, choose, appoint] an alternate
  4. [decided on] her as his alternate
  5. She served as his alternate at the [meeting, conference].
  6. He served as her alternate while she was [sick, in the hospital].
  7. sent his alternate to the [hearing, meeting]
  8. is [studying, preparing] to be her alternate
  9. will be naming an alternate (soon)
  1. alternate between [one] and [another]
  2. periods of [peace, growth, progress] alternate with periods of [violence, decline, stagnation]
  3. by alternating [one] with [another]
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