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alternateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈɔl·tərˌneɪt/
to cause two things to happen or exist one after the other: [I] The children alternated between being excited and being tired. [T] I like to alternate physical and intellectual activities.

alternateadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɔl·tər·nət/
every second, or every other: I visit my father on alternate weekends. Note: Used only about sets of two.

alternatenoun [C]

 us   /ˈɔl·tər·nət/
one that can take the place of another: David was too sick to attend, so Janet served as his alternate.
(Definition of alternate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"alternate" in British English

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alternateverb

uk   /ˈɒl.tə.neɪt/  us   /ˈɑːl.tɚ.neɪt/
C1 [I usually + adv/prep] to happen or exist one after the other repeatedly: She alternated between cheerfulness and deep despair.
[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.

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alternateadjective [before noun]

uk   /ɒlˈtɜː.nət/  us   /ˈɑːl.tɝː.nət/

alternatenoun [C]

/ˈɒl.tə.nət/  us /ˈɑːl.tɝː.nət/
alternately
adverb uk   /ɒlˈtɜː.nət.li/  us   /ɑːlˈtɝː.nət.li/
The film is alternately depressing and amusing.
alternating
adjective uk   /ˈɒl.tə.neɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /ˈɑːl.tɚ.neɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
alternating moods of anger and sadness
(Definition of alternate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"alternate" in Business English

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alternatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɒltənət/ US
WORKPLACE a person who does another person's job when they are ill or away: He was dismissed and replaced with an alternate.
(Definition of alternate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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