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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Chosen to act in place of another due to illness, etc.

Watch out! You may see this word with another pronunciation and its meaning is then different.
Used as a noun, listen here, it means: Chosen to act in place of another due to illness, etc. Used as a verb, listen here, it means: Interchange regularly.

Usage examples (42)
  • Gertrude was elected as an alternate director.
  • The cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays
  • Verb (used without object) : Day alternates with night. ,He alternates between hope and despair. ,My sister and I alternated in doing the dishes
  • Adjective : Winter and summer are alternate seasons. ,alternate acts of kindness. ,Read only the alternate lines. ,The... for more
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  • ''Alternate" is a heteronym, which means you may find it with different pronunciations and different meanings.
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