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alternate

adjective
 
 
/ɔːlˈtɜːnət/
alternate days/weeks/years, etc one out of every two days, weeks, years, etc: I work alternate Saturdays.Single, double and multiple
REPEATING with first one thing, then another thing, and then the first thing again, etc: a dessert with alternate layers of chocolate and creamChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequentlyOrder and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutive
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.Different and difference
alternately adverb
(Definition of alternate adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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