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alternate

adjective [before noun]     /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 Grammar:Alternate(ly), alternative(ly)See moreGrammar:Alternate(ly)The adjective alternate and the adverb alternately mean ‘first one thing, then another thing and then the first thing again’. When we refer to time, we can also use the phrase every other day, every other week, etc.See moreGrammar:Alternative(ly)Alternative(ly) means ‘something that is different and unusual and offers a possible choice’:See more alternating     /ˈɒl.tə.neɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /ˈɑːl.t̬ɚ.neɪ.t̬ɪŋ/ adjective alternating moods of anger and sadnessChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
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