- alternate ► VERB 1) occur or do in turn repeatedly. 2) change repeatedly between two contrasting conditions.► ADJECTIVE 1) every other. 2) (of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern. 3) chiefly N. Amer. another term for ALTERNATIVE(Cf. ↑alternatively).DERIVATIVES alternately adverb alternation noun.USAGE The use of alternate to mean alternative (as in we will need to find alternate sources of fuel ) is common in North American English, though still regarded as incorrect by many in Britain.ORIGIN Latin alternare 'do by turns' , from alter 'other' .
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Alternately — Al*ter nate*ly, adv. 1. In reciprocal succession; succeeding by turns; in alternate order. [1913 Webster] 2. (Math.) By alternation; when, in a proportion, the antecedent term is compared with antecedent, and consequent. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
alternately — (adv.) early 15c., from ALTERNATE (Cf. alternate) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) … Etymology dictionary
alternately — adverb in an alternating sequence or position (Freq. 3) They were deglycerolized by alternately centrifuging and mixing he planted fir and pine trees alternately • Derived from adjective: ↑alternate … Useful english dictionary
alternately — See alternate, alternately, alternative, alternatively … Dictionary of problem words and expressions
alternately — adverb see alternate I … New Collegiate Dictionary
alternately — See alternate. * * * … Universalium
alternately — adverb /ˈɔl.tɚ.nət.li/ a) In reciprocal succession; succeeding by turns; in alternate order. b) By alternation; when, in a proportion, the antecedent term is compared with antecedent, and consequent. <! material copied from Websters Revised… … Wiktionary
alternately — al terÂ·nateÂ·ly || lÉª adv. interchangeably, in rotation, with one and then the other … English contemporary dictionary
alternately — al·ter·nate·ly … English syllables
alternately — See: alternate … English dictionary