Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

alternate

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective [usually before noun] alternate pronunciation in British English /ɔːlˈtɜː(r)nət/
  1. 1
    happening or coming one after another, in a regular pattern
    alternate periods of good and bad weather
    a pattern of alternate red and green stars
    Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    happening on one day, week etc, but not on the day, week etc that immediately follows
    I go and visit him on alternate weekends.
  3. 3
    American alternative
    You’ll have to find an alternate route.

derived word

alternately

adverb
Synonyms and related words

free-from

used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog