alternating 1 of 2


2 of 2


present participle of alternate
as in mixing
to place or do (different things) so that one follows the other in a repeated series To make the appetizer, you should alternate layers of tomatoes and cheese. The poem alternates fear and hope.

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“Alternating.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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