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Definition of alternate
occur in turn repeatedly:the governorship alternated between the Republican and Democratic parties bouts of depression alternate with periods of elation (as adjective alternating)a season of alternating hot days and cool nights [with object] do or perform in turn repeatedly:some adults who wish to alternate work with education
(abbreviation: alt.) [attributive]
1every other; every second:she was asked to attend on alternate days (of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern:alternate bouts of intense labor and of idleness Botany (of leaves or shoots) placed alternately on the two sides of the stem. 2
chiefly North American taking the place of; alternative:the rerouted traffic takes a variety of alternate routes
noun (abbreviation: alt.) North American
a person who acts as a deputy or substitute.