alternate

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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)
alternates
v 3rd person singular
alternating
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
alternated
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
alternated
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference English Thesaurus © 2020
Sense: Verb: take turns
Synonyms:
take turns, rotate, substitute , follow in turn, follow successively, change over, follow one another, do by turns, act alternately, relieve , fill in for, exchange , reciprocate, interchange
Sense: Verb: fluctuate
Synonyms:
fluctuate, vary , vacillate, oscillate, waver, seesaw, totter, toggle , stagger , shuttle , shift , sway , rise and fall, blow hot and cold, come and go, ebb and flow, go back and forth, go to and fro, teeter, shuffle , undulate
Sense: Adjective: recurrent
Synonyms:
intermittent, recurrent, alternating, rotating, every other, every second, repeating, repeated, fluctuating, oscillating, periodical, cyclical, coming and going, to and fro, on and off, ebbing and flowing, taking turns, wavelike, waxing and waning
Sense: Adjective: alternative
Synonyms:
alternative , substitute , replacement , back-up, other , makeshift, temporary , provisional , surrogate , second , spare
Sense: Noun: substitute or deputy
Synonyms:
substitute , replacement , deputy , understudy, equivalent , backup , double , surrogate , choice

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