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Definition of "alternate" []

  • To occur in a successive manner: day alternating with night. (verb-intransitive)
  • To act or proceed by turns: The students alternated at the computer. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pass back and forth from one state, action, or place to another: alternated between happiness and depression. (verb-intransitive)
  • Electricity To reverse direction at regular intervals in a circuit. (verb-intransitive)
  • To do or execute by turns. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "alternate" in a sentence
  • "Now, while we take the term alternate reality game in this context with a grain of salt, Xenophile does have a decent track record with their past projects for"
  • "With help from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, current and former Wal-Mart workers and managers are planning what they call an alternate analysts' meeting near the company's Bentonville, Ark., headquarters on Tuesday, a day before the retailer holds its annual Wall Street briefing."
  • "He didn't refer to them as secret prisons and that the CIA would continue to have available to it what he called alternate techniques for interrogation, which he insisted had been legally reviewed, were lawful, were tough, he said, but safe and did not constitute torture."