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English definition of “alternate”

alternate

verb     /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     /ɒlˈtɜː.nət.li/ US  /ɑːlˈtɝː-/ adverb The film is alternately depressing and amusing.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequentlySimultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
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