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alternate

noun

1 alternate

Someone who takes the place of another person.

synonyms: replacement, surrogate.



verb

1 alternate

Go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions.

synonym: jump.

Roget 314: oscillate; vibrate, librate; alternate, undulate, wave; rock, swing; pulsate, beat; wag, waggle; nod, bob, ... show more

Roget 149: fluctuate, vary, waver, flounder, flicker, flitter, flit, flutter, shift, shuffle, shake, totter, tremble, vacillate, ... show more

Roget 138: recur in regular order, recur in regular succession; return, revolve; come again, come in its turn; come round, come round again; beat, pulsate; alternate; intermit.   

Roget 605: be irresolute etc. adj.; hang in suspense, keep in suspense; leave "ad referendum"; think twice about, pause; dawdle etc. (inactivity) 683; remain neuter; dillydally, ... show more

Roget 63: succeed; come after, come on, come next; follow, ensue, step into the shoes of; alternate.    place after, suffix, append.   

Roget 20a: vary etc. (change) 140; deviate etc. 279; diverge etc. 291; alternate, swerve.   

Roget 70: be discontinuous etc. adj.; alternate, intermit, sputter, stop and start, hesitate.    discontinue, pause, interrupt; intervene; break, ... show more

Dutch: afwisselen, alterneren, verwisselen

2 alternate

Exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions.

Dutch: afwisselen, alterneren, rouleren

3 alternate

Be an understudy or alternate for a role.

synonym: understudy.

4 alternate

Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action).

synonyms: flip, flip-flop, interchange, switch, tack.

Roget 12: reciprocate, alternate; interchange etc. 148; exchange; counterchange.   

5 alternate

Do something in turns.

synonym: take turns.

Dutch: beurtelings, verwisselend, wisselend, afwisselend, afwisselen

adjective

1 alternate

Every second one of a series.

Roget 63: succeeding &c.; v.; sequent; subsequent, consequent, sequacious, proximate, next; consecutive etc. (continuity) 69; alternate, ... show more

Roget 138: periodic, periodical; serial, recurrent, cyclical, rhythmical; recurring etc. v.; intermittent, remittent; alternate, every other.    ... show more

Roget 12: reciprocal, mutual, commutual, correlative, reciprocative, interrelated, closely related; alternate; interchangeable; interdependent; international; complemental, complementary.   

Roget 70: discontinuous, unsuccessive, broken, interrupted, dicousu [Fr.]; disconnected, unconnected; discrete, disjunctive; fitful etc. (irregular) 139; spasmodic, ... show more

2 alternate

Serving or used in place of another.

synonyms: alternative, substitute.

Polish: alternatywny

3 alternate

Occurring by turns; first one and then the other.

synonym: alternating.

Polish: naprzemienny, przemienny

4 alternate

Of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired.


Moby thesaurus: advocate, agent, alter ego, alternating, alternative, amicus curiae, analogy, attorney, back and fill, back-and-forth, backup, backup man, bandy, battledore and shuttlecock, be here again, be quits with, beating, champion, change, changeling ... show more.

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