[layers, colours] alterné (e)
→ coloured with alternate bands of red and green
→ the alternate contraction and relaxation of muscles
on alternate days un jour sur deux
→ The football matches were played on alternate Saturdays.
on alternate weeks une semaine sur deux
→ the therapist can meet with the spouse on alternate weeks
to take alternate hot and cold baths alterner les bains chauds et froids
→ He also sent Congress an alternate version of the bill.
[method] de rechange
[plans] de rechange
→ For rainy days make sure you have alternate plans.
to alternate with alterner avec
→ Her aggressive moods alternated with periods of calm.
to alternate between A and B passer successivement de A à B
→ I alternated between feeling freezing cold and boiling hot.
→ I alternate between periods of calm and periods of maximum stress.
vt faire alterner
→ The tribesmen alternate the days spent with each wife.
to alternate A with B, to alternate A and B passer successivement de A à B, faire alterner A et B
→ they alternated cruelty with kindness
→ the film cynically alternated tragedy with farce
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