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definition of the word alternate

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From Latin alternare (take turns), alternus (one after another, by turns), from alter (other). See altern, alter.

alternate (not comparable)

Positive
alternate

Comparative
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Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Being or succeeding by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; by turns first one and then the other; hence, reciprocal.
    And bid alternate passions fall and rise. -Pope
  2. (mathematics) Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second.
    the alternate members 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
  3. (US) Other — as a common misuse when meaning alternative.
  4. (botany) Distributed, as leaves, singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence. --Gray.

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