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Definition of alternate:

  1. A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  2. A substitute; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  3. 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.
  4. 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; as, the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. ; read every alternate line.
  5. Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
  6. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.
  7. To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; - followed by with; as, the flood and ebb tides alternate with each other.
  8. To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  9. To vary by turns; as, the land alternates between rocky hills and sandy plains.

Synonyms:

shift, turn over, afterthought, constantly, beggars can't be choosers, thumb, switch over, permutation, sky, replenishment, become, handpicked, rise, selective, stand out, diurnal, derail, circadian, stick out, adapt, parachute, convert, regular, wear round, pitch, probabilistic, jumpstart, jump out, climb up, periodic, interchange, append, pass over, ensue, twitch, turn into, annually, tag on, startle, flip, hang on, hourly, bimonthly, chosen, leap, teeter, transpose, refilling, alternating, throw, tend, successor, riffle, ersatz, follow, change over, toss, baste, leap out, change your mind, straight, select, flip out, piece, flip over, other, skip over, utility, shuffle, vary, chute, half-hourly, move with the times, follow on from, flick, go into, cyclical, take turns, ...only to do something, reciprocate, settled, waver, postdate, swop, relieve, every other, (as) regular as clockwork, regularly, start, selectively, jump, capitulate, metaphor, cyclic, flip-flop, biennial, bound, substitution, spring, put together, secondary, assemble, religiously, alter, revise, replacing, standby, transposition, move on, leaf, riff, makeshift, counterchange, daily, change into, skip, jump off, tack, renounce, backpedal, renewal, set up, tack on, spaced, jump-start, tack together, diversify, see reason/sense, rotate, (hard/hot/close) on the heels of.

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