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alternate is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of alternate in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… years to create those alternate pathways …”

meanings of alternate


  1. A replacement of equal or greater value or function.
  2. A substitute; an alternative; one designated to take the place of another, if necessary, in performing some duty.
  3. A proportion derived from another proportion by interchanging the means.
  4. Figures or tinctures that succeed each other by turns.
  5. That which alternates with something else; vicissitude.


  1. Happening by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; first one and then the other (repeatedly).
  2. Other; alternative.
  3. Distributed singly at different heights of the stem, and at equal intervals as respects angular divergence.
  4. Designating the members in a series, which regularly intervene between the members of another series, as the odd or even numbers of the numerals; every other; every second.


  1. To happen, succeed, or act by turns; to follow reciprocally in place or time; followed by with.
  2. To perform an alternation (removal of alternate vertices) on (a polytope or tessellation); to remove vertices (from a face or edge) as part of an alternation.
  3. To perform by turns, or in succession; to cause to succeed by turns; to interchange regularly.
  4. To vary by turns.

alternate frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word alternate occurs in english on average 5.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics alternate can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that alternate can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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