Meaning of “alternate” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective uk us /ɔːlˈtɜːnət/
alternate days/weeks/years, etc

one out of every two days, weeks, years, etc:

I work alternate Saturdays.

with first one thing, then another thing, and then the first thing again, etc:

a dessert with alternate layers of chocolate and cream
DIFFERENT [ always before noun ] US

An alternate plan, method, etc is one that you can use if you do not want to use another one.

alternately adverb

(Definition of “alternate adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)