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1. alternate

adjective. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] every second one of a series.

Synonyms

  • cyclic

Antonyms

  • compression
  • increase

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)

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Rhymes with Alternate

  • agglutinate
  • alienate
  • assassinate
  • caffeinate
  • carbonate
  • chlorinate
  • concatenate
  • contaminate
  • coordinate
  • cross-pollinate
  • culminate
  • decaffeinate
  • decontaminate
  • denominate
  • designate
  • designate
  • determinate
  • detonate
  • discriminate
  • disseminate

Sentences with alternate


1. Verb, base form
Take turns alternate saying your lines with the other person.

2. Noun, singular or mass
The alternate agent will act if the original agent cannot or does not want to serve.

3. Adjective
As you breathe, alternate arm and leg movements up and down.

Quotes about alternate


1. When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful.
- Francois Truffaut

2. Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don't always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive.... Virtually every page is a cliffhanger--you've got to force them to turn it."~
- Dr. Seuss

3. Writing is the voices inside our heads, our minds, the creativity that exists for us to, from nothing, create alternate worlds, manipulate a personality or to introduce a new kind of love, a new kind of hate or pain or happiness or wonder or... anything we want. Through words, we can do, we can be anything we want.
- Allie Burke

2. alternate

verb. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions.

Synonyms

  • jump
  • alter
  • change

Antonyms

  • switch on
  • disengage
  • switch off
  • respectful

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)

3. alternate

adjective. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] serving or used in place of another.

Synonyms

  • secondary
  • substitute

Antonyms

  • low relief
  • high relief
  • embarrassment

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)

4. alternate

adjective. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] occurring by turns; first one and then the other.

Synonyms

  • cyclic
  • alternating

Antonyms

  • biological
  • disapproval
  • natural

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)

5. alternate

verb. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions.

Synonyms

  • rotate

Antonyms

  • alkalize
  • nitrify

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)

6. alternate

verb. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] be an understudy or alternate for a role.

Synonyms

  • learn
  • con
  • understudy
  • memorise

Antonyms

  • heat
  • relax
  • tense
  • boil

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)

7. alternate

noun. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] someone who takes the place of another person.

Synonyms

  • backup
  • substitute
  • backup man
  • relief
  • stand-in
  • fill-in
  • reliever
  • replacement

Antonyms

  • synchronise
  • falsify
  • stay
  • synchronize

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)

8. alternate

verb. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] do something in turns.

Synonyms

  • move
  • act
  • spell

Antonyms

  • consecrate
  • correct
  • head
  • obverse

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)

9. alternate

verb. ['ˈɔltɝnət, ˈɔltɝˌneɪt'] reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action).

Synonyms

  • change by reversal
  • flip
  • interchange
  • tack
  • flip-flop
  • turn
  • switch

Antonyms

  • buy
  • disassemble
  • disjoin
  • detach

Etymology

  • alterno (Latin)
  • alternus (Latin)
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