alternate
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alternate(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (alternating)
a. alterno
Skydiving gave me alternate feelings of exhilaration and terror.Hacer paracaidismo me dio sensaciones alternas de excitación y terror.
2. (every other)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I have sewing class on alternate Saturdays.Tengo clase de costura un sábado sí y otro no.
Our philosophy discussion group meets on alternate Thursdays.Nuestra tertulia de filosofía se reúne un jueves sí y otro no.
b. de por medio
There is an outdoor concert in the park on alternate Fridays in the summer.Hay un concierto al aire libre en el parque cada viernes de por medio durante el verano.
c. cada dos
My salary is paid on alternate weeks.Me pagan el sueldo cada dos semanas.
3. (different)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. otro
Don't open your locker, Bonnie! You'll open up a portal to an alternate dimension!¡No abras tu casillero, Bonnie! ¡Abrirás un portal a otra dimensión!
b. alternativo
We took an alternate route to avoid all the traffic downtown.Tomamos una ruta alternativa para esquivar todo el tráfico en el centro.
4. (botany)
a. alterno
This particular variety of bush has a tall stem and alternate leaves.Esta variedad de arbusto en particular tiene un tallo alto y hojas alternas.
5. (mathematics)
a. alterno
If the two lines are parallel, then the alternate interior angles are congruent.Si las dos líneas son paralelas, entonces los ángulos alternos interiores son congruentes.
6. (substitute)
a. suplente
The judge is on vacation; therefore, an alternate judge will be in charge of our case.El juez está de vacaciones; por lo tanto, un juez suplente estará a cargo de nuestro caso.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (substitute)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el suplente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la suplente
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm not an official member of the band, but I'm an alternate for the bass player.No soy un miembro oficial de la banda, pero soy un suplente para el bajista.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to rotate)
a. alternar
It's important to alternate your exercise routine so your muscles have a chance to rest.Es importante que alternes tu rutina de ejercicios para que tus músculos puedan descansar.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to occur in turns)
a. alternar
Red and white stripes alternate up to the blue square in the corner of the flag.Las líneas rojas y blancas se alternan hasta llegar al cuadro azul en la esquina de la bandera.
10. (to fluctuate)
a. oscilar
Liza was so confused; her feelings alternated between sadness and happiness.Liza estaba tan confundida; sus sentimientos oscilaban entre la tristeza y la alegría.
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alternate
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. alterno(a)
on alternate daysen días alternos, cada dos días
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (general)
a. alternar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
a. alternar
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alternate
adjective
[ɒlˈtɜːnɪt]
1 (alternating) alterno
alternate layers of cheese and potatoes capas alternas de queso y patatas; we had a week of alternate rain and sunshine tuvimos una semana en la que se alternaron el sol y las lluvias; let's read alternate lines vamos a leer cada uno un renglón
2 (every second)
on alternate days cada dos días; un día sí y otro no; he lives alternate months in Brussels and London vive un mes en Bruselas y uno en Londres; to write on alternate lines escribir en renglones alternos
3 (Bot) (Mat) alterno
noun
[ɒlˈtɜːnɪt] (US) (Dep) (at conference) suplente (m);
intransitive verb
[ˈɒltɜːneɪt] alternar
an annual cycle of drought alternating with floods un ciclo anual de sequías alternando con inundaciones
to alternate [between] A and B
the temperatures alternate between very hot and extremely cold las temperaturas oscilan entre un calor y un frío intensos; he alternates between euphoria and depression pasa de la euforia a la depresión y vice versa; they alternate between avoiding us and ignoring us unas veces nos evitan y otras nos ignoran
he alternates between being cheerful and being depressed
transitive verb
[ˈɒltɜːneɪt] alternar
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alternar
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alternar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to combine repeatedly)
a. to alternate
Vamos a alternar los hilos de colores para conseguir un efecto multicolor.We'll alternate the colored threads to achieve a multicolored effect.
2. (agriculture)
a. to rotate
Los agricultores alternan el cultivo de trigo en los campos para dejar descansar la tierra.Farmers rotate the wheat crop in the fields to let the land rest.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to mingle; used with "con")
a. to socialize
Mis amigos suelen alternar con sus compañeros de trabajo pero yo soy muy tímido.My friends usually socialize with their workmates but I am very shy.
b. to socialise (United Kingdom)
A Laura no le gusta alternar con desconocidos porque es muy apática.Laura doesn't like socialising with strangers because she is very apathetic.
c. to mix
Desde que alterno con amigos de mis amigos, tengo una vida social más plena.Since I started mixing with my friends' friends, my social life has improved.
d. to hobnob
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Me gusta alternar con los modernos para enterarme de las tendencias actuales.I like to hobnob with the in-crowd to hear about the current trends.
4. (to go from one bar to another)
a. to bar hop
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
A mis amigos no les gusta quedarse en un sitio. Prefieren alternar.My friends don't like staying in one place. They prefer to bar hop.
b. to go on a pub crawl (United Kingdom)
Lo bueno de alternar es que escuchas diferentes tipos de música a lo largo de la noche.The good thing about going on a pub crawl is that you get to hear different kinds of music throughout the night.
alternarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (to operate in sequence)
a. to take turns
Las dos hermanas se alternan para dormir con su tía enferma en el hospital.The two sisters take turns to sleep with their sick aunt at the hospital.
b. to alternate
¿Por qué no nos alternamos? Tú los acompañas a la escuela por las mañanas y yo los recojo por las tardes.Why don't we alternate? You take them to school in the mornings and I'll pick them up in the afternoons.
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alternar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to alternate
alterna el estudio con la diversiónshe alternates studying with having fun
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (relacionarse)
a. to socialize
no suelen alternar muchothey don't usually socialize much
3. (sucederse)
a.
alternar conto alternate with
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (en el tiempo)
a. to take turns
los dos partidos se alternan en el poderthe two parties take turns in office
5. (en el espacio)
a. to alternate
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alternar
transitive verb
(gen) to alternate; vary; [+cultivos] to rotate;
intransitive verb
1 (turnar) to alternate;con with; (Técnica) to alternate; reciprocate
2 (relacionarse) to mix; socialize; (ir a bares) to go on a pub crawl (familiar); go boozing (familiar)
alternar con un grupo to mix with a group; go around with a group; alternar con la gente bien to hobnob with top people; tiene pocas ganas de alternar he doesn't want to mix; he is not inclined to be sociable; alternar de igual a igual to be on an equal footing
pronominal verb
alternarse (hacer turnos) to take turns; change about
alternarse a los mandos to take turns at the controls; alternarse en el poder to take turns in office
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