Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun alternate

1 sense of alternate

Sense 1
surrogate, alternate, replacement -- (someone who takes the place of another person)
       => stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in -- (someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb alternate

5 senses of alternate

Sense 1
alternate, jump -- (go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions)
       => change, alter, vary -- (become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season")

Sense 2
alternate -- (exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions)
       => exchange -- (hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent; "exchange prisoners"; "exchange employees between branches of the company")

Sense 3
understudy, alternate -- (be an understudy or alternate for a role)
       => memorize, memorise, con, learn -- (commit to memory; learn by heart; "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?")

Sense 4
interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop -- (reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action))
       => change by reversal, turn, reverse -- (change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern")

Sense 5
alternate, take turns -- (do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift")
       => act, move -- (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel")

Antonyms of adj alternate

4 senses of alternate

Sense 1
alternate (prenominal) -- (every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen)

INDIRECT (VIA cyclic) -> noncyclic, noncyclical -- (not cyclic)

Sense 2
alternate, alternative, substitute -- (serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan")

INDIRECT (VIA secondary) -> primary -- (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest")

Sense 3
alternate (prenominal), alternating (prenominal) -- (occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate")

INDIRECT (VIA cyclic) -> noncyclic, noncyclical -- (not cyclic)

Sense 4
alternate (vs. opposite) -- (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")

opposite (vs. alternate), paired -- (of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem; "opposite leaves")

Similarity of adj alternate

4 senses of alternate

Sense 1
alternate (prenominal) -- (every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen)
       => cyclic (vs. noncyclic), cyclical -- (recurring in cycles)

Sense 2
alternate, alternative, substitute -- (serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan")
       => secondary (vs. primary) -- (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams")

Sense 3
alternate (prenominal), alternating (prenominal) -- (occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate")
       => cyclic (vs. noncyclic), cyclical -- (recurring in cycles)

Sense 4
alternate (vs. opposite) -- (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")

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