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Dictionary definition for: Alternate

1. (n) someone who takes the place of another person

2. (v) go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions

3. (v) exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

4. (s) allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"

5. (v) be an understudy or alternate for a role

6. (v) reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

7. (a) of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired; "stems with alternate leaves"

8. (v) do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift"

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