Synonyms of alternate


1. surrogate, alternate, replacement, stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in

usage: someone who takes the place of another person


1. alternate, jump, change, alter, vary

usage: go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions

2. alternate, exchange

usage: exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

3. understudy, alternate, memorize, memorise, con, learn

usage: be an understudy or alternate for a role

4. interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop, change by reversal, turn, reverse

usage: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

5. alternate, take turns, act, move

usage: do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift"


1. alternate(prenominal), cyclic (vs. noncyclic), cyclical

usage: every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen

2. alternate, alternative, substitute, secondary (vs. primary)

usage: serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan"

3. alternate(prenominal), alternating(prenominal), cyclic (vs. noncyclic), cyclical

usage: occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate"

4. alternate (vs. opposite)

usage: 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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Definition and meaning of alternate (Dictionary)