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verb alternate pronunciation in British English /ˈɔːltə(r)neɪt/
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present participlealternating
past tensealternated
past participlealternated
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if one thing alternates with another, they happen or come one after another, in a regular pattern that keeps being repeated
    alternate with:

    Wet days alternated with dry ones.

    1. a.
      if someone or something alternates between two things, they keep changing between them
      alternate between:

      His mood alternates between joy and despair.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to choose one thing or situation and then another, and keep repeating that pattern
    alternate something with something:

    The course allows students to alternate work with education.

    She alternated blues and gospel songs throughout the evening.

    The White House has alternated between tough talk and silence.

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 alternate pronunciation in British English /ˌɔːltə(r)ˈneɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [countable/uncountable]
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sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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