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  1. [noun] someone who takes the place of another person
    Synonyms: surrogate, replacement

  2. [verb] go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
    Synonyms: jump

  3. [verb] exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions

  4. [verb] be an understudy or alternate for a role
    Synonyms: understudy

  5. [verb] reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
    Synonyms: interchange, tack, switch, flip, flip-flop

  6. [verb] do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift"
    Synonyms: take turns

  7. [adjective] every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen

  8. [adjective] allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"
    Synonyms: alternative

  9. [adjective] occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate"
    Synonyms: alternating

  10. [adjective] 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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