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alternate

verb uk   /ˈɒl.tə.neɪt/ us    /ˈɑːl.t̬ɚ-/
C1 [I usually + adv/prep] to happen or exist one after the other repeatedly: She alternated between cheerfulness and deep despair.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently [T usually + adv/prep] to make something happen or exist one after the other repeatedly: He alternated working in the office with long tours overseas.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
alternately
adverb uk   /ɒlˈtɜː.nət.li/ us    /ɑːlˈtɝː-/
The film is alternately depressing and amusing.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequentlySimultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence

alternate

adjective [before noun] uk   /ɒlˈtɜː.nət/ us    /ɑːlˈtɝː-/
with first one thing, then another thing, and then the first thing again: a dessert with alternate layers of chocolate and creamSimultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence C1 If something happens on alternate days, it happens every second day: Private cars are banned from the city on alternate days.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence US (UK alternative) An alternate plan or method is one that you can use if you do not want to use another one.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
alternating
adjective uk   /ˈɒl.tə.neɪ.tɪŋ/ us    /ˈɑːl.t̬ɚ.neɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
alternating moods of anger and sadnessChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
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